Posted by Eeyore on June 14, 2008, 4:16 am
clare, at, snyder, dot, ontario, dot, canada wrote:
Scrubbers for coal plants are already seriously 'old tech' now.
The only reason for coal station flues to be emitting serious pollution is
of political policy or will, not failure of technology.
Posted by daestrom on June 13, 2008, 10:50 pm
Unfortunately, it's worse than that. A lot of coal plants are
'grandfathered' into the requirements and don't have to upgrade to 'best
technology available' unless the plant undergoes a significant
upgrade/improvement in equipment. So the owners have quite an incentive to
*not* upgrade the plant in any significant way. And just what constitutes
an 'upgrade' is in great debate. Some argue that just replacing turbine
rotors with newer, more efficient designs can trigger a letter from the EPA
demanding they also upgrade the emissions equipment.
Bottom line is a lot of older plants are being operated 'as-is' to avoid the
expense of complying with new emission standards instead of building new
units with more modern technology.
Posted by Balanced View on June 13, 2008, 12:18 pm
RW Salnick wrote:
If it wasn't for " enviro -wackos" the USA would have the pollution
level of China and third world working conditions.
If it wasn't for California it would be unlikely we would have any air
pollution control at all on American vehicles.
Posted by Eeyore on June 13, 2008, 1:01 pm
Balanced View wrote:
What makes you think that ?
Posted by Bob F on June 13, 2008, 4:01 pm
You don't remember the resistance to environmental legislation passage?
I remember what the air used to look like, and the color of the rivers. Neither
is the same now.