FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- WHO IS NEW PLANET ENERGY?
New Planet Energy (“NPE”), founded in 2007, is committed to offering cities innovative solutions totheir long-term Municipal Solid Waste (“MSW”) disposal problems and needs
NPE’s goal is to work with communities to:
Ø Develop solutions for the increasing cost of MSW disposal,
Ø Extend the life of existing landfills,
Ø Pre-sort and properly utilize recyclables and organics,
Ø Convert post-recycled MSW into renewable Solid Recovered Fuel (“SRF”) and clean bio-fuels,
Ø Improve the environment by reducing greenhouse gas and air emissions
Ø Create construction and long-term jobs with significant economic impact to local communities
- WHAT HAPPENED AT THE VERO BEACH LOCATION?
New Planet Energy purchased the Vero Beach site with the intention of licensing a technology and developing the site into a facility that would convert agricultural waste into ethanol and electricity. IneosBio, a subsidiary of the third largest chemical company in the world, thereafter came into the picture and purchased the technology company and their R&D facility outright and took over the project. As successful as Ineos is in the petrochemical industry, this was their first attempt to develop such a technology and build a business from scratch. Ineos initially struggled with certain technical challenges and ultimately scaled back its ambitions in the face of declining oil prices and the resulting downturn in the ethanol market. In short, they ultimately made the business decision to sell the facility and related technology and focus their efforts on their primary expertise in their core business. The IneosBio technology has been sold to a Chinese firm and the prospective buyer of the Vero Beach facility has plans to retrofit the facility and utilize their own proprietary technology to produce clean biofuels and other products.
- IS THE PROPOSED PROPERTY ZONED INDUSTRIAL?
Yes, the processing facility and bio fuel production facility is zoned industrial. The property was a former “Super Fund” site which has been remediated and continues to be monitored by New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
- WHO IS THE LEAD GOVERMENTAL AGENCY FOR THIS PROJECT?
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is the lead agency responsible for reviewing the environmental impact study (EIS) along with the economic impact study.
- IS THE GASIFICATION PROCESS A PROVEN TECHNOLOGY?
There are 147 companies offering gasification technologies in different stages of development worldwide, most of which market in the U.S. through licensees.
Gasification is a mature technology and is proven for applications such as in the petrochemical industry. Gasification is attractive because of the versatility of its final marketable products such as steam, bio fuels, electricity, ethanol and other chemicals. August 13th 2013 American Chemistry Council
- WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GASIFICATION AND INCINERATION?
Our gasification process is a steam reformation system, unlike incineration which uses flame and combustion which is often associate with higher emissions.
- IS THE SOLID RECOVERED FUEL (SRF) DERIVED FROM MSW BEEN PROVEN?
Yes, SRF was developed in Europe as a standard regulated process. SRF is commonly used in Cement Kilns, Utility Plants, Industrial Boilers and Paper Mills as a substitute for Fossil Fuels. Because of the standardization of SRF, it has become an EPA Certified Alternative Fuel. Certificate # EPA-HQ-RCRA-2013-0110
- HOW MANY TRUCKS HAULING MSW WILL THERE BE?
There will be 200 inbound and outbound trucks per day. It will take 6-9 months to ramp up to full scale operations.
- WILL THERE BE CSX RAIL AVAILABILITY?
CSX has provided a letter of support to activate and serve the NPE site.
- CAN NPE ACCEPT MORE THAN 4500 TONS OF MSW DAILY?
No. This is the amount of MSW which New Planet is seeking through the DEC application and permitting process.
- CAN THE EXHAUST FROM TRUCKS HAULING MSW BE MINIMIZED?
Yes, NPE will require the trucking companies to use a bio diesel blended fuel, which is proven to reduce emissions. Most trucking companies already use a blended fuel for cost considerations and reduced emissions.
- WILL THERE BE ANY HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS STORED ON THE PROPERTY?
There will NOT be any hazardous chemicals stored or used in the process. Material safety data sheets will be available at any time and monitored by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
- WILL ANY HAZARDOUS WASTE BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECYCLING FACILITY?
All MSW being processed will come through NY state solid waste permitted facilities. These facilities are not allowed to handle any hazardous waste. Through the recycling process, there will no hazardous waste materials generated or sent to landfills. Mechanic shop used rags or spill containment systems will be removed as necessary by Safety Kleene. Www.Safety-Kleen.com
- WILL NPE BE USING MUCH OF STONY POINT’S FRESH WATER?
NPE will use a minimal amount of fresh water for normal daily employee consumption or convenience. While NPE’s production of sulfur free diesel fuel requires 450,000 gallons per day of water, NPE has chosen to use The Stony Point sewer treatment facility’s “gray water” for the production of the Sulfur Free Diesel. This enables The Stony Point sewer treatment facility to divert what otherwise would be discharged into the Hudson River.
- HOW MANY ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY “GREEN” JOBS WILL BE CREATED?
We will start the facility with 80 new jobs. When the project is fully completed, New Planet will employ approximately 200. In addition, NPE will be relocating experts in the field to the Stony Point area.
- WOULD THE FACILITY AND SITE LOOK LIKE AN UGLY FACTORY?
Absolutely NOT. The facility is being designed to look like a professional industrial campus.
- WILL NPE PROVIDE A LEARNING CENTER AND FACILITY TOURS?
New Planet will have an interactive state of the art learning center and will host schools, clubs, organizational and individual tours. Bus parking will be provided.
- WILL THIS PROJECT ATTRACT ADDITIONAL BUSINESSES TO ROCKLAND COUNTY?
Yes. One company wants to relocate to Rockland County to process the recovered plastics NPE generates. A second company will relocate to Rockland County as a fabrication and service center. Both companies have expressed the need for up to 150 new local “green jobs” to service NPE.
- WILL ROCKLAND COUNTY BENEFIT FROM THE SULFUR FREE DIESEL PRODUCED BY NPE?
Yes. NPE would make our fuel available to Rockland Counties fleet operations and School buses. From an environmental standpoint, the community will benefit through reduced emissions, increased MPG and reduced maintenance on public transportation, school buses and fleet vehicles.
- HOW IS NPE ABLE TO DIVERT APPROXIMATELY 85% OF MSW AWAY FROM LANDFILLS?
NPE’s patent pending processing system will allow the recycling of plastics, glass, metals and cardboard while creating an EPA certified alternative fuel with the result being approximately 85% being diverted from the landfill.
- WHAT IS NPE DOING TO MITIGATE ODORS?
All unloading, processing and storage will be indoors. A sophisticated odor control system will incorporate neutralizing agents (bio degradable) which will be dispersed through rotating atomizers. The neutralized air will be collected through a carbon filtered dust control system. Instead of the traditional disposing the dust residue, NPE will condense the dust into “Hockey Pucks” and will be used in the SRF.
- WHAT WILL NPE RECYCLE?
NPE will Recycle Glass (Clear and Colored), PET #1 (water bottles, soda bottles) HDPE #2 ( Milk Jugs, Laundry Detergent bottles, etc) Aluminum, Steel, Tin Cans, Cardboard and Aseptic Pkg ( Milk Cartons, Juice Cartons and single serve Milk and Juice boxes) Manual Sortation, Eddy Currents, Drum Magnets, Optical Sorters and Robotic Arms will be the primary recovery components within the recycling system.
- WILL THE RECYCABLES BE CLEAN AND MARKETABLE AFTER BEING IN THE MSW?
The recyclables will go through a “Rocket Washer” to remove the dirt, coffee grinds, etc. While during this removal, the Rocket Washer will also neutralize odors through an organic dispersion system.
- WHAT ARE OPTICAL SORTERS?
Optical sorters are key to the recycling separation process. The optical sorter can detect the molecular structure of the different plastics and identify them through an infra-red lite source, then through an air bar which separates the PET and HDPE, etc. Opticals will also be used to separate the clear and colored glass. NPE will have opticals which have the capability to determine moisture content and the BTU value of the MSW. Providing the standardization and consistency of the SRF.
- WILL THE PROCESSING FACILITY BE LOUD?
The Processing facility will have high speed open/close overhead doors to contain sound from different parts of the recycling system. Most of the noise will come from the air compressors that run the opticals. These compressors will be housed on the second floor in an HVAC controlled Sound Proof room.
- HOW WILL NPE PROVIDE SAFETY AND FIRE PROTECTION?
NPE’s Safety Program is an important part of our culture and daily operations. Employee’s will be trained and certified in CPR, Blood Pathogens, Spill Control/Containment. Equipment training will be provided through a newly creating job training center, where each operator will be certified on each of the pieces of equipment they would be using. Fire Protection will come from a Certified Fire Suppression System meeting all Local, State and National Codes along with Fire Extinguishers strategically placed on all platforms and walkways as directed by our local Fire Department. As an extra measure of Fire Protection, NPE will be utilizing the Fire Rover monitoring system. Www.FireRover.Com
- WILL THERE BE SECURITY OR A GUARD GATE AT THE NPE FACILITY here Yes, a staffed guard gate including roaming security 24/7
- HOW WILL THE TRUCKS UNLOAD?
The trucks will unload automatically using truck tippers. The truck tipper will be enclosed to prevent any materials from blowing and keeping the trucks out of the year-round elements.
- WILL EVERYTHING BE DONE INSIDE? Entire process will be taking place inside and undercover.
- WILL THERE BE ANY OUTSIDE STORAGE?
All the inbound MSW, processed recyclables and outbound commodities will be stored inside, out of the elements as required by the consuming customers of NPE.
- WILL NEW PLANET ENERGY BE GOOD MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY?
NPE and its employees will live, work, and participate in OUR community. NPE is focused on benefiting the surrounding communities through job creation, conservation, and standard of living. NPE plans on summer jobs for our youth and with a partnership with Columbia University, internships within the Environmental Conservation fields. New Planet Energy is looking forward to participating in Community Affairs and supporting our local businesses.