Landfill converts waste to energy

Congressman Greg Walden visited Dry Creek Landfill to tour the gas-to-energy plant.
Congressman Greg Walden visited Dry Creek Landfill to tour the gas-to-energy plant.

On his 350th round trip between D. C. and Oregon, Congressman Greg Walden continued his push for energy-efficient programs. Facing a House majority leadership he said had yet to permit a vote on his Security and Energy for America Act, Walden sustained efforts to keep constituents informed.

Midday on Wednesday, August 27, Walden and Congressional District
Manager, John Snider arrived at Day Creek Landfill to tour the
gas-to-energy plant. Among the entourage greeting them were Rogue
Disposal and Recycling’s Urban Development consultant Mike Montero, 
Strategic Planning Manager Garry Penning, and Director/Engineer Lee
Fortier. They escorted the Congressman on a private tour of  the
landfill by vehicle. Then he walked through the modern plant that
converts methane gas to electricity. 
Located in that vast
"no-man’s-land" between Eagle Point and White City,  the Day Creek
Sanitary Landfill isn’t open to the public. The plant itself
accompanies huge generators noisy enough for workers to don  sound
mufflers to protect their ears. A faint, "rotten-egg" odor permeates
sections of the building. 
A natural byproduct of 
decomposing solid waste in landfills, methane was once burned to
prevent its entry into the atmosphere. Otherwise, this powerful
greenhouse gas carried a global-warming potential twenty-one times
stronger than  that of carbon dioxide.    
"Now, our
state-of-the-art, alternate-energy process safely converts landfill
gas  into electrical power," said Montero. Instead of burning methane,
the plant uses a complex system including  perforated underground pipes
to transfer the gas to generators.
"Our history, and other details are posted on our website," said Penning.   
plant alone generates enough electricity to power 3,000 homes
surrounding us here," Walden said after completing the tour. "Imagine
the possibilities…" 
Following his local visit, the
lawmaker, who’d spent Wednesday morning in Klamath Falls, headed for
Grants Pass, then  Phoenix for more meetings on renewable energy
production and conservation.   
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent.  

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