What air quality controls will be used at Renewable Energy Facility 2?
As the EPA has specific emissions limits for facilities that combust waste to produce energy, the Solid Waste Authority is incorporating the most modern and most sophisticated air pollution control systems of any facility of its kind in the world! All of the emission levels from the Renewable Energy Facility 2 will be below the Federal standards. In fact, the performance of the emissions control equipment is guaranteed by the manufacturers and by the facility operator.

Air emissions from the facility are monitored in a number of ways. Renewable Energy Facility 2 has a number of Continuous Emissions Monitors (CEM), required by our permits, which sample and analyze air quality on a continuous basis. In addition, there are quarterly and annual emission tests required to demonstrate the performance of the emissions control equipment and Renewable Energy Facility 2’s compliance with emissions standards. All of this information will be recorded and reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

The Solid Waste Authority permits also require us to self-report to FDEP if there is any upset condition or performance that impacts emissions. There is a potential for significant penalties for exceeding emission limits and failing to report them, both as fines and penalties. If permit requirements are deliberately violated, there are potential civil or criminal penalties for Solid Waste Authority managers individually.

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1. What do I need to know about the Solid Waste Authority’s new Renewable Energy Facility 2?
2. Why is the Solid Waste Authority looking to use supplemental waste in our county?
3. Does the Solid Waste Authority have to use supplemental waste?
4. When will the decision be made on using supplemental waste?
5. How much supplemental waste is the Solid Waste Authority proposing to use?
6. What kind of supplemental waste will be processed?
7. How much can the Solid Waste Authority charge for the supplemental waste, and how much will you make?
8. Why would you charge less for using supplemental waste than you charge Palm Beach County residents?
9. What is the benefit to the residents and businesses of Palm Beach County?
10. The Solid Waste Authority’s mission statement only addresses waste from Palm Beach County. Does the Authority have the right to accept waste from outside the County?
11. What will be the traffic impact on this part of North Jog Road for using supplemental waste?
12. Will there be a significant traffic impact?
13. What about the noise from these additional trucks?
14. Have you conducted a noise study to determine the impact of the Renewable Energy project and what impact will the increased waste deliveries have?
15. Won’t using supplemental waste have a negative impact on neighboring community property values?
16. What about carbon emissions? What is the impact of using supplemental waste on carbon emissions?
17. Has the Solid Waste Authority performed an air quality analysis related to the project?
18. What air quality controls will be used at Renewable Energy Facility 2?
19. Will using supplemental waste, as the Solid Waste Authority proposes, contribute to increased pollution?
20. If Renewable Energy Facility 2 will produce ash, won’t using supplemental waste reduce the life of the Solid Waste Authority’s landfill?
21. What is the impact on recycling?
22. When will the use of supplemental waste stop?