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American Chemistry Council Hosts Forum on Capitol Hill – Harvey Gershman Moderates Panel
On June 28, 2012, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) hosted a forum on Capitol Hill entitled “Unlocking the Vast Potential of Energy Recovery.” An overview of the latest waste-to-energy (WTE) and conversion technologies (CT) trends and technologies was presented. Expanded use of energy recovery as an abundant and alternative energy source was discussed, and legislative strategies to boost private sector investments were outlined.
Cal Dooley, ACC President and CEO, was joined by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and a panel of business leaders and experts, moderated by Harvey Gershman, GBB President.
During the panel discussion, following the keynote congressional panel, Gershman pointed out that “the waste that isn’t recycled here, on Capitol Hill, goes to a waste-to-energy facility in Alexandria, Virginia, to make power for the grid, and has done that reliably for over 20 years.”
He added that “we recycle over 30 percent of our waste now in the U.S. and there is potential to do more. Waste-to-energy plants work hand in hand with robust recycling programs and generally have higher recycling rates than communities that do not have waste to energy facilities. But, at the end of the day, too much is transported to landfills and buried, slowly rotting and generating some methane which can be recovered for energy. This is energy inefficient and not what we should be doing. We need to get more out of our waste than we do now”.
“This is an exciting time for our country to make even greater strides in utilizing our waste stream as we set out to do back in the first Earth Day 1970”, Gershman concluded. “If we can make higher valued fuels and chemicals from our waste, communities and businesses can look forward to reduced charges for the waste management services they need to have and rely on every day. And, in the process, we will recycle more too. Continued wasting our waste is certainly a waste.”
Business Event Fostering the Profitable Recycling of C&D Material
The second annual C&D Recycling Forum, organized by Construction & Demolition Recycling, took place September 25-27, 2001 at the Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center, located in Ellicott City (Baltimore), MD. The event offered a wide scope of programming focused on how to be competitive and maximize opportunities in the C&D recycling sector. Co-sponsored by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. and the National Demolition Association, this event yielded returns to attendees in several ways:
- Programming focused on operational efficiency and maximizing recovered material value;
- Safety workshop preceding the conference;
- Exceptional networking opportunities.
In addition to GBB’s co-sponsorship, Bob Brickner, GBB Executive Vice President with extensive C&D experience, moderated and/or presented two sessions: The Diversion Decision, and Rules and Regulations.
Urges O’Malley to Recognize WTE as Clean, Renewable, Safe and Economical Source of Energy
In late April 2011, GBB President Harvey Gershman sent a letter to the Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, urging him not to veto HB 1121/SB 690, which recognizes waste-to-energy as part of Maryland’s long-term renewable energy portfolio. After careful deliberation, on May 19, the Governor signed Senate Bill 690, reminding constituents that Maryland has an aggressive goal of generating 20% of its energy from Tier I renewable sources by 2022 and intends to achieve that goal through as much in-state energy generation as possible, including waste-to-energy.