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Teru Talk Newsletter

Volume III, Issue 22, June 3, 2013 
Teru Talk by Michael Theroux (pronounced "Terú")  

Teru's Trash Talk

Sometimes I think they do it on purpose, the folks who sit up nights and draft the convoluted and obstructionist language, and then shove it in front of our befuddled Legislature. Sometimes it seems that the only real purpose is to make things so confusing and difficult that Nobody can do Anything.

That certainly seems to be the case with the language in California Assembly Bill 1126 (AB 1126), which just got the Big Okie Dokie from the Assembly and is now in front of our puzzled Senate for their consideration. "What's this all about, and what could it possibly have to do with Waste Conversion?" asks our astute reader. After all, almost any change in the underlying laws dictating how we can, or can't, turn crud back to goods has to be an improvement, right? Wrong.

Now, we spent some time recently detailing what, by law, constitutes Recycling in the Golden State: just picking out the cans and bottles, newspaper, and metal out of our trash doesn't cut it. Those potentially recyclable goods have to be separated, sorted, cleaned, treated, and reconstituted to accomplish the Recycling deed. Since California agencies cringe any time Industry attempts to set up local reprocessing facilities that can turn crud back to goods, that last step of Reconstituting tends to occur somewhere else, Anywhere else. We've rattled on about how we need to build a Reprocessing Infrastructure close to where the garbage is generated to cut transport emissions and keep our Resources and our Jobs local.

Along comes AB 1126, yet another attempt to throw a body-block across this much needed, struggling effort to take care of our own mess where we make it. We've covered the status of AB 1126 in this week's news, including the Los Angeles County Integrated Waste Management Task Force's objections.

We'd like to point out one more absurd attack on Logic perpetrated by the bill's backroom authors. They can't exactly define what the word "Reconstituting" means in that code section on Recycling, but they certainly don't want Waste Conversion to be part of it. So they tack on three words to the end of the existing Section 40180. That addition is shown below in bold and underlined so you don't miss it:

§ 40180.  “Recycle” or “recycling” means the process of collecting, sorting, cleansing, treating, and reconstituting materials that would otherwise become solid waste, and returning them to the economic mainstream in the form of raw material for new, reused, or reconstituted products which meet the quality standards necessary to be used in the marketplace. “Recycling” does not include transformation, as defined in Section 40201 or MSW conversion.

Hey Rube!

Yeah, right. So tell me, just what IS the difference between "reconstituting" and "conversion" in this Recycling context, and just who stands to line their own pockets at the expense of the rest of us by shoving this garbage through our Legislature? I know, I know, this is tedious stuff. It is also exactly how the trick is turned; now you see Waste Conversion, now you don't. Dial up your state senate representative and the governor's office. Send them an email, maybe with the link to this diatribe. Do Something to point out the broken logic in this nasty little game.

The Week's News

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CPUC Adopts Streamlined Standard Contract for Feed-In Tariff Program

The California Public Utilities Comission (CPUC) has released its formal decision adopting a Joint Standard Contract for the state's Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Program (Rulemaking 11-05-005), as the next step in the implementation of the State's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). 06/01/2013

UI-ACES Funded for new Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory

The University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champagne, College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), has announced that the Illinois Capital Development Board has designated funding for design and construction of the Integrated Bioprocess Research Laboratory (IBRL). 05/30/2013

Fulcrum BioEnergy's MSW Conversion to Low-Carbon Jet Fuel Successful

California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. has announced it has successfully demonstrated the conversion of municipal solid waste (MSW) into low-carbon jet and diesel fuel, in addition to previously trialed conversion to ethanol. 05/30/2013

AB 1126 Solid Waste Conversion Legislation Clears California Assembly

California Assembly Bill 1126 (AB 1126) waste and biomass conversion bill was passed by the California Assembly this week and has been sent to the Senate for study. 05/30/2013

Pacific Biodiesel Completes High Vacuum Distillation Testing

Hawaii based Pacific Biodiesel, Inc has informed Teru Talk that its subsidiary Big Island Biodiesel, LLC (BIB) has completed testing of a High Vacuum Distillation (HVD) unit installed at its Hawaiian biorefinery in Keaau. 05/29/2013

SINTEF Improves Forest Biomass Residual Processing through Torrefaction

The Scandinavian based independent research organization SINTEF has reported on progress toward developing cost-effective methods for utilization of the lowest grade of forest logging waste, leaf mulch, and other biomass residual materials in Norway. 05/29/2013

Shanks Selected for £560m Waste Treatment Contract in Northern Ireland

United Kingdom (UK) based Shanks Group Plc has announced that its SBS consortium has been selected as preferred bidder on a £560m multi-stage waste management, recycling, and energy generation project in Northern Ireland. 05/28/2013

The Week's Action Items

Due 06/17/2013: Comments to CEC on Bioenergy Development in California

On Monday, June 3, 2013, the California Energy Commission (CEC) will lead a day-long workshop presenting many different aspects of the development of bioenergy in the state. 06/01/2013

Due 06/28/2013: Comments to DECC's Proposed Increases to RHI Tariff Levels

The United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced release of proposed increased tariff levels for heat generated by ground source heat pumps, large biomass conversion facilities, and solar thermal applications. 06/01/2013

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