Monday, February 28, 2011
Road trip: PCBs and Solar Landfills
This morning, I was driving from Boston to Geneva on 90. I passed so many garbage trucks that I lost count. I wondered how many of them were headed to the same places that I was. As I was passing the trucks, I heard two interesting stories on NPR about garbage in Mass.
First, there is a problem in the Berkshires with PBCs dumped into a river (by GE). The town is in the process of making GE clean up their mess. The second story was about using landfills to generate energy... in a new way. In addition to providing methane, landfills are high and flat. They can't support vegetation (in fear of penetrating the lining) so they are a perfect place to put solar panels. They were talking about turning a few Mass brown fields into solar farms to generate sustainable energy and revenue for the town.