Sue Gruen, BoH:
A concerned citizen from Dalton. His message: our waste management is failing, Toxins are being released into the environment. Paul Penn from Local Power based in Williamsburg presented to the SB. Public health issues surrounding waste: sewer sludge is being dumped on farms in Maine which is permanent damage to the soil. PFAS go straight through sewer treatment plants, trucked away as sludge, or burned. PFAS causes many health issues.
"PFAS are a large, complex, and ever-expanding group of manufactured chemicals that are widely used to make various types of everyday products. For example, they keep food from sticking to cookware, make clothes and carpets resistant to stains, and create firefighting foam that is more effective. PFAS are used in industries such as aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, and military.
PFAS molecules are made up of a chain of linked carbon and fluorine atoms. Because the carbon-fluorine bond is one of the strongest, these chemicals do not degrade in the environment. In fact, scientists are unable to estimate an environmental half-life for PFAS, which is the amount of time it takes 50% of the chemical to disappear."]
We need a regional approach to a process to convert waste into hydrogen and limestone. Ways2H is a joint venture between U.S.-based Clean Energy Enterprises, and Japan Blue Energy Corporation. Looking to engage a number of towns to express interest in the initiative.
Joint DRAFT Budget Discussion with Finance Committee and SB
Acronyms & References
STM 2023 Truck Handout
ADA Accessibility of Sawyer Hall
SB Public Statement on AT&T Tower