Date: February 3, 2011
Source: Plasco Energy Group Inc.
Plasco Energy Group (Ottawa, ON) said it was selected by the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority in California to develop a plasma gasification facility capable of converting 100,000 tons of waste per year into energy and other products. The authority will now conduct an environmental impact study of the waste-to-energy technology, according to a company statement this week. Plasco was selected among nine sector players after 18 months of evaluations. The Waste Authority originally set a goal in 2005 of achieving 75% diversion to extend the remaining disposal capacity of its landfills to over 50 years.
Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority Chooses Plasco Energy Group
Plasco Energy Group Inc. (Plasco) today announced that the Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (SVSWA), of California, selected Plasco's waste conversion technology to be the focus of the required environmental review through the California Environmental Quality Act.
"We're delighted that the Authority chose Plasco as a partner for this project. We look forward to introducing Plasco's conversion technology, and the economic development that will come with it to the Salinas Valley," stated Alisdair McLean, VP Strategic Initiatives of Plasco.
The Waste Authority will be the Lead Agency to undertake an environmental impact study, which will include a public outreach process to give the community an opportunity to review and understand the Plasco solution and technology. Once this process is concluded, the goal is to build and operate a waste conversion facility that will convert approximately 100,000 tons of the Authority's waste into green power and other useful products.
In 2005, the SVSWA Board of Directors adopted goals of 75% diversion and 50+ years of recovery and disposal capacity for Authority landfills. The Conversion Technology Commission (CTC) was formed on March 15, 2007 to investigate viable noncombustion technologies and focus on selecting a company that will be responsible for environmental analysis, financing, designing, permitting, constructing and operating a waste conversion facility.
Plasco was ranked first by the CTC on August 13, 2009 after an 18month evaluation process that began with nine conversion technology suppliers. The evaluation process included review of detailed information on the technical, environmental and financial aspects of the projects.
On January 20, 2011, following further evaluation and discussions, the Board of Directors of the Waste Authority voted to proceed with an environmental impact study of Plasco's technology to convert garbage otherwise destined for landfill into green energy.
About Plasco Energy Group Inc.
Plasco Energy Group Inc. builds, owns, and operates proprietary, worldleading technology that converts municipal solid waste into green power and other valuable products. Plasco has a long history of working with plasma technologies and represents the best green alternative to municipal waste management by providing a socially acceptable and environmentally superior solution. For more information, visit www.plascoenergygroup.com.
About Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority
The Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority (SVSWA) is a joint powers agency made up of the following local governments: Monterey County (eastern and northern portions), and the cities of Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Salinas, and Soledad.
The Authority's mission is to manage Salinas Valley solid waste as a resource, promoting sustainable, environmentally sound and cost effective practices through an integrated system of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, innovative technology, customer service and education. For more information, visit www.svswa.org/about.cfm.