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New Wisconsin Law Exempts Pyrolysis and Gasification from solid waste facility regulations.
2017 WI Act 284 – Signed by Governor Walker on 4/16/18 - https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/284 )
“Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau"
This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from certain laws relating to solid waste facilities.
A solid waste facility is a facility for the treatment, storage, or disposal of solid waste. Under current law and rules promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources, no person may operate a solid waste facility without an operating license from DNR. In addition, most solid waste facilities must undergo a pre-construction or pre-expansion site inspection, obtain DNR approval of a plan of operation for the facility, comply with certain performance standards to avoid or minimize adverse
environmental impacts, and provide proof of financial responsibility for the closure of the facility and the post-closure, long-term care of the facility.
This bill exempts pyrolysis and gasification facilities from the definition under current law of “solid waste facility.” The bill defines a pyrolysis facility as a facility where post-use plastics are heated until decomposed and then converted into other materials such as liquid fuel. Under the bill, a gasification facility is a facility where post-use plastics and certain other materials are heated and ultimately converted only into fuel or other chemical feedstock.”
SB 646 Introduced on 12/21/17 by Sen. Cowles - https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/sb646
Public hearing on 1/04/18
AB 789 Introduced on 12/27/2017 by Rep. Tittl - : https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/proposals/ab789
Public hearing waived on 3/15/2018
Presented to Gov. Walker on 4/12/2018 and signed on 4/16/18
The Facts of Gasification April 17, 2018
On 10/02/2015 WEAL joined more than 200 organizations and leaders from across the globe by signing an open letter to the Ocean Conservancy regarding recommendations that were made in a report entitled "Stemming the Tide"
Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules in Favor of OSGC By: Charlene Lemoine
Opinion piece: Submitted to Green Bay Press Gazette on June 5, 2015
By Dean Hoegger and Leah Sue Dodge, Tribe Member, Oneida Tribe of Indians, WI
New York Times Article on Incineration
WEAL and 130 other organizations send letter to Department of Energy over trash incineration.
Plans for a gasification incinerator surface in Adams, WI
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article entitled "Green Energy Plan Raises Red Flags in City of Adams" describes a multifaceted agreement between the City of Adams (population 2,000) and a company called Global Environmental Infrastructure Technology Solutions....read more
NPR 3/31/15 - With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost
- WEAL joined more than 200 organizations and leaders from across the globe by signing an open letter to the Ocean Conservancy regarding recommendations that were made in a report entitled “Stemming the Tide” http://www.no-burn.org/open-letter-to-ocean-conservancy-regarding-stemming-the-tide-report 10/02/2015
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules in Favor of OSGC By: Charlene Lemoine 06/20/2015
- Opinion piece Submitted to Green Bay Press Gazette on June 5: It’s time for good neighbors to oppose all waste gasification projects By Dean Hoegger and Leah Sue Dodge, Tribe Member, Oneida Tribe of Indians, WI 06/05/2015
- January 10, 2015 New York Times Article on Incineration
- July 2014 Oneida Nation and Green Bay Ban the Burning of Waste.
- Film and Bag Work group Recommendation for Hard to Recycle Plastic Film (doc)
- WEAL Comments on Film Bag Work Group Recommendations (pdf)
- WEAL June 2014 Plans for a gasification incinerator surface in Adams, WI
- 2013-2014 Waukesha By Pass Opposition. .... read more
- Settlement Agreement Ends GEITS Gasification Incinerator Plan for Adams, WI
- City of Adams / GEITS Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release (pdf)
WEAL and 130 other organizations send letter to Department of Energy over trash incineration.... read more
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article entitled “Green energy plan raises red flags in City of Adams” describes a multifaceted
agreement between the City of Adams (population 2,000) and a company called Global Environmental Infrastructure Technology Solutions....read more
- WEAL and Sierra Club request Brewers to provide for more recycling at County Stadium. Letter to Brewers August 17, 2011 Brewers Response September 6, 2011
- WEAL 4/11/2011 Letter sent to All Members of Joint Finance Committee on Recycling Mandate and Funding Cuts (the same letter was sent to ALL Waukesha County Legislators) Read here
- WEAL 4/05/2011 Letter to Editor, Waukesha Freeman on Governor Walker's proposed elimination of the Recycling Mandate and Ending Municipal Recycling Grants Read here
- WEAL 4/04/2011 Letter sent to Governor Walker on propose Recycling Budget Cuts Read here
- WEAL 02/12/2011 Statement on the Oneida Seven Generations proposed Pyrolysis Project Read here
- Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) : No Incentives for Incinerators Sign-on Statement http://www.zerowarming.org/article.php?id=247
- GAIA : Organizations signed onto No Incentives for Incinerators statement (Includes WEAL) http://www.zerowarming.org/article.php?id=248
- Greenaction Expose of Incinerators in Disguise - Gasification, Pyrolysis and Plasma Arc (8MB)
- "Incinerators in Disguise, Case Studies of Gasification, Pyrolysis and Plasma Arc in Europe, Asia and the United States" Report by Greenaction and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
- Garbage Burning Bill. WEAL Urged a Veto. Read about it here! 5/2010
- WEAL's Letter to Governor Urging a Veto
- Joint Letter Urging Veto
- Wisconsin State Journal Article
- Incinerators - Myths vs. Facts
- 6/3/2010 - "Renewable Groups Contest Trash Talk" Daily Reporter http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2010/06/03/renewable-groups-contest-trash-talk/
- 6/6/2010 - "Too Soon To Take Out the Trash" Daily Reporter http://dailyreporter.com/blog/2010/06/06/too-soon-to-take-out-the-trash