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Only a Bird's-Eye View Can Show Scale of Wind Power's Dirty Secret


Added 02-14-20 04:45:03pm EST - “While the turbines themselves don't produce much in the way of pollution, the fiberglass waste remains an ugly problem for wind power's image.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Only a Bird's-Eye View Can Show Scale of Wind Power's Dirty Secret”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Wind power has a reputation for being a clean energy source that can function with a strong and consistent breeze, but one visit to a Wyoming landfill may startle some die-hard advocates of the technology.

The environmentally unfriendly side of wind turbines can be seen at the Casper Regional Landfill, with only a bird’s-eye view showing the full scale of the technology’s impact.

According to Wyoming News Now, the landfill reached deals with three wind farms in September 2019 to begin accepting their old equipment.

“Ninety percent of the turbines are completely reclaimed, recycled and reused, but there is 10 percent that is fiberglass, so those are coming to us from three different farms in the state,” Casper’s Solid Waste Division manager, Cynthia Langston, told Wyoming News Now.

The 10 percent that can’t be recycled has to be disposed of by some other method. The blades are first cut into sections before being loaded onto transportation and hauled to the Casper landfill.

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