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To combat the accumulation of waste in the harbor, the partnership turned to Pasadena, Maryland-based Clearwater Mills, a company that had piloted a small “trash wheel,” a machine that collected waste and debris from the harbor. “The pilot was ultimately deemed to be too small for the waterway that it was trying to clean up, but the businesses around the waterfront absolutely saw a difference just from that pilot project,” Lindquist says. The partnership approached Clearwater Mills after the pilot with plans to build a bigger, better designed, more permanent trash wheel. Lindquist says that’s when Mr. Trash Wheel was born. Mr. Trash Wheel is the name of the Inner Harbor Water Wheel Trash Inceptor that has been collecting waste from the harbor since 2014. Sitting at the end of the Jones Falls stream, Mr. Trash Wheel has collected about 850 tons of waste from the harbor, according to Lindquist. “It’s not a Roomba—people often think it travels around the harbor looking for trash—it doesn’t,” Lindquist says. “When it rains on that land, rain carries trash off of our parking lots, out of our alleys, into our storm drains, and it all kind of bottlenecks at the end of the Jones Falls stream, which is right here at the inner harbor. We realized that if we put a trash wheel, right there at the end of the stream, that’s kind of your last best place to capture all of the litter and debris coming down that waterway.” Once the litter is collected, it is taken to shore and transported to Baltimore’s waste-to-energy plant, Lindquist says. Because of the status of sorting technology in Baltimore and the high levels of toxins in the waste picked up by the trash wheel, most of the waste does not get... (ltimore trash wheel cleans harbor, engages community)
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Houston and the whole area that’s been devastated by this terrible storm,” Hodgson said.Rescue raft cruising in a Pasadena, TX street. Pasadena is immediately east of Houston. (CBS News)The sheriff also says that having inmates help rebuild Houston would be helpful for the prisoners. He adds that it simply makes sense to use the “pre-release” inmates.“Having inmates be able to go in there and know they really made a positive difference in the lives of all these people who have been devastated would be a wonderful thing for them,” Hodgson said.He adds that a project like this can be a life-changing experience.“Those kinds of things can change people’s minds and hearts. And we think this is something that would surely benefit the inmates–not only them but the people in that community to get back on their feet quickly,” Hodgson also said.Hodgson says he’s hoping federal disaster relief funds can be used to pay for the inmate’s transportation and housing costs.The plan has to gain the approval of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Sheriff’s involved, and the National Sheriff’s Association. But Hodgson says he’s already been in contact with the Sheriff’s Association and reports that the association believes the project is a good idea.WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports... (CBS Boston / WBZ)
Kuehl noted that 110 municipalities across the Golden State, including Pasadena, Calabasas, Hermosa Beach and West Hollywood, adopted ordinances prohibiting or restricting polystyrene containers and other ware. She said since the county last studied the issue, there are new technologies and products that are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and cost-effective.But while members of organizations such as Heal the Bay, the Surfrider Foundation, and a local chapter of the Sierra Club all applauded the county’s efforts, representatives of other organizations such as Valley Industry Commerce Association, BizFed, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the California Grocers Association spoke out against the idea, saying that there were too many misconceptions about polystyrene.Adena Tessler, a spokeswoman for the California Restaurant Association, asked the board to take into consideration what a proposed ban would mean to small family owned restaurants. “Family restaurants in L.A. County are currently struggling to adjust to the minimum wage hike,” she said, adding that new products out there won’t reduce landfill waste.Anne Nguyen, with the Dart Container Corporation, said the company hires 650 Californians and a ban would threaten employment. The company, she said wants to work to improve its products, but the alternatives to polystyrene can’t be recycled. AdvertisementPolystyrene, some who spoke out noted, is only recyclable if there is no food waste on it. Manhattan Beach Mayor David Lesser said family owned restaurants had adjusted fine and found alternatives when his city adopted a ban in 2013.“Nearly 90 percent of our merchants are in compliance,” David Lesser. “It’s viewed as a success.”Hahn said she wanted the feasibility study to include voices from business owners as well, but she has noticed the plastic waste along the coastal areas of her district.“ I have many beaches in the district I represent,” she said. “A lot of this (polystyrene) ends up in our beaches and threatens are beautiful ecosystems.”County departments are expected to present a feasibility study in 120 days.Kuehl also introduced a motion that members of the Board also passed that looks into whether all new construction, building additions or major roof replacements in the unincorporated areas of the county can use “cool roof” materials to help manage heat that is both... (LA Daily News)
In comparison, the coal, oil and gas units at the H.A. Wagner Generating Station in Pasadena emitted 3,100 tons of nitrogen oxides in 2015. The plant has a generating capacity of 976 megawatts.The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Environmental Integrity Project have stressed health and environmental harms in asking MDE not to accept the improvements initially proposed by Wheelabrator. They emphasized that the incinerator receives subsidies from electricity ratepayers for generating what is considered renewable energy under a state law, estimating that BRESCO collected as much as $3.5 million through the sale of renewable energy certificates in 2015.“They’re getting a fair amount of money for producing ostensibly clean energy,”... (Baltimore Sun)