"CalRecycle Jeopardizes Plasco Project" Comments

We welcome your comments to the TERU Focus Report on the serious issue surrounding CalRecycle's May 23, 2012 rescission of its two-year-old determination that the Plasco Salinas Valley Project is a gasification facility according to provisions of the Public Resources Code.

We are also posting the documents referenced in the report and copies of the action letters that we have received.


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Response from the Governor's Office
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Nancy McFadden from Governor Brown's office has responded to Plasco. The link to the letter is below under Action Letters.
Posted at 7:04:pm 06/04/12
New Information Posted
Teru Talk
We've posted a June 1, 2012 follow-up letter from the SVWMA to Director Mortensen requesting specific explanations to points in her May 25th rescission letter to Plasco. We also added a link to C. Scott Miller's Biowaste blog on this issue. You can find both under "Action Letters and Opinions" after the last comment on this page.
Posted at 12:14:am 06/02/12
Our Sincere Apology
Teru Talk
Teru Talk hereby offers our most sincere apology to CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen for repeatedly misspelling her name in our "CalRecycle Jeopardizes Plasco Project" focus report. The error has now been corrected and we promise not to do it again.
Posted at 1:30:am 06/01/12
The "Garbage" State
TGS from California
Shut down landfills, stop MSW/Waste to Energy plants, raise taxes, subsidze money losing solar/PV, block any technology deployment, and give agencies more power than the people.

THE GOLDEN STATE is corrupted by over reaching, zealous, and NON-ELECTED agencies and officials. VERY SAD.

Unlikely Moonbeam will do anything about it either.

The "Garbage" State
Posted at 5:10:pm 05/30/12
Professional Politicians and Bureaucrats in Sacramento
Greg Shipley from Paso Robles
It's not surprising that Smithline pops up in another position of influence in Sacramento. AB 222 (and the proposed legislation before it: AB 1090, almost a decade ago) were relegated to ash-heap of history because the status-quo in Sacremento must be maintained in the power axis of those running things in California.

Not only "Conversion Technology" (CT's) companies are leaving California ... but, there is a massive parade of firms and taxpaying people leaving the "Golden State" for greener pastures elsewhere ... in fact, anywhere ... besides Califonria!

If too many regulations, illogical traps to starting/expanding a business and loss of jobs is the end-game ... then, Sacramento's answer to that scenario would be: raise taxes!

In fact, it is a vortex of cyclical disasters in California ... leading to a bankrupt system and a financial basketcase. When will voters in California get a clue and stop electing the same officials, employing the same bureaucrats and technocrats, expecting a different result?!

We need new legislation in California that stops the institution of professional politicians and bureaucrats from "occupying" our State Capital and turning it into a deshevled, heap of trash. Just saying ...
Posted at 8:21:pm 05/29/12
Deja Vu all over again
BioBlogger from Los Angeles
Yet another attempt to deploy a waste conversion technology is obstructed by CAW. What are CalRecycle and the environmental communities afraid of? If the constructed demonstration and commercial scale facilities are a threat to the environment (i.e., not able to meet stringent clean air standards) they will not be allowed to operate - period. Obviously Plasco, SVSWA, and their investors have satisfied themselves that the hundreds of millions of dollars they will pour into the California economy will not be sacrificed by lack of performance.

The real issue isn't about technology or air quality - it is about control of the waste streams in California. Six years ago it was Smithline who said “We are concerned that demand, that hunger for feedstock, is going to pull materials from other traditional recycling uses.“We are concerned that demand, that hunger for feedstock, is going to pull materials from other traditional recycling uses.” (see http://biowaste.blogspot.com/search?q=sm ).

Meanwhile California wonders why it is in a budgetary crisis. Why it is so hard to attract companies to invest in building state-of-the-art alternative technologies in the state. Why companies HQ'ed in California refuse to deploy here (like Fulcrum and BlueFire Renewables). Why there are no alternatives to dumping post-recyclables into landfills.

Conversion technologies offer an elegant solution. Let's let them try to recover energy from post-recyclables. Let's let municipalities invest in a variety of solutions to meet the aggressive waste diversion goals set by the state and for which they are penalized if they don't meet them. We progress faster when multiple approaches are deployed.

If Mortensen and Smithline can't act on behalf of all Californians, Governor Brown needs to find another team who can.
Posted at 4:20:pm 05/29/12
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Action Letters, News Articles, and Blogs

SVSWA's May 25, 2012 request to Governor that he override CalRecycle's rescission.

BioEnergy Producers Assoc May 30, 2012 letter to Governor requesting immediate action.

SVSWA's June 1, 2012 follow-up letter with attachments to CalRecycle Director Mortensen

C. Scott Miller's June 1, 2012 Blog: California: The State that Can't Shoot Straight

Governor's Office June 1, 2012 response letter to Plasco

Monterey County Weekly's June 14, 2012 news article, "State Sends Mixed Signals Over Future Of Plasco; CalRecycle Reversal Could Kill Gonzales Plant"

Reference Documents

CalRecycle's November 2010 determination that Plasco is a gasification facility.

California Energy Commission's January 2011 RPS Pre-Certification.

California Legislators' March 2011 letter of support.

October 2011 Economic Analysis of Proposed Plasco Gasification Plant.

Environmental Groups' January 2012 threat letter to CalRecycle.

CalRecycle Director Mortensen's May 25, 2012 rescission letter to Plasco.


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