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Not in my Backyard
By Don Borders


November 21, 2009
Saturday PM

Here in Alaska we are not so energy deprived that we need to go out on a limb to resolve the electrical power needs. We have not even started to explore the tidal influx as a power source where other nations in the world have done so and commissioned such systems to feed their power grids. We do have an abundance additional hydroelectric possibilites and thermal ones such as Chena Hot springs thermal system which has proven to be efficient and has won several awards in its design. So to embrace an "iffy" fringe technological concept just to generate power which would release all kinds of substances into our lean pristine air is just foolish.

I do have one thing to say about the Plasma group. Not professional and vague in detail, also, Their intentions are questionable. Suggestion: If you melt every thing under the sun into a synthetic gas form and intend to burn it for generating power, in doing so you are only oxidizing all the various compounds, they will still exist but in an oxidized form. That's high school chemistry. If everything under the Sun is going to be burnt, then anyone concerned about the atmospheric emissions the pulp mill released, then they must surely be VERY concerned about the pollution releases the plasma group intends to release. I'll say this, there is not a scrubber in the world that will remove all forms of various gases from their Syn-gas power plant smoke stack. Atmospheric release substances could range to all of the various elements on the periodic element chart in oxidized form. The real possibility of critical problems exist and the Plasma people have avoided any serious inquires into the obvious facts of them doing so.

Like Rob Holston has pointed out the footprint needed by the Plasma group is around 5 to 6 acres. My question is, what are they going to do with the rest of the 300 + acres? Will they pile glass blocks from the process or heap trash or slag on the landscape and leave us, the borough, a mess to contend with in later years?

Don Borders
Ketchikan resident 24 years
Ketchikan, AK

Received November 17, 2009 - Published November 21, 2009



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