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RE: pollution prevention concerns in clean energy technologies
- Subject: RE: pollution prevention concerns in clean energy technologies
- From: "Reibstein, Rick (EEA)" <Rick.Reibstein@state.ma.us>
- Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:36:37 -0400
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I think this is a great focus, and one particularly
necessary for the manufacturing floor. A lot of these things are pretty
well sealed when used - such as batteries or solar panels. But then
there's the issue of post use disposition. I think that's a very important
thing to focus on. Of course, for those uses that are dispersive during
use, such as maybe "solar paints"?
I'm concerned. But many of these
things seem fine sitting up there on
your roof or in your car, until they
break, get old and
cracked, and turn from green to fiercely brown. Why wait to
deal with that? On the other hand, if we impose take-back on these
industries now, which we don't for very many other products, is that fair?
Will we hurt their development? I worry less about that, although I worry
about it. I think it should not be a reason to ignore the
problem. It is a reason to attack it
intelligently. There are ways
to address this without the chilling effect. I'm thinking of industry
consortia and public-private collaboration, government-led efforts to design
whole systems, shared responsibility, publicly assisted closed-loop reverse
distribution. Why wait?
With all due respect for the need to encourage greener
energy development, it would be helpful to list the problematic chemicals
and materials involved. We know about electronics manufacturing challenges
(solvents, solders, coatings, adhesives, flame retardants, certain plastics),
and we know about manufacture of turbines and windmills.
about the new high performance semiconductors? Do you know of any
materials you are concerned about?
We know nanomaterials are just now being
catalogued for their possible hazard values.
What about the mysterious
'black box" batteries that are so wonderfully efficient?
What about the whole
array of photovoltaic designs ?
Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts
University Ave, Lowell, MA 0`854-2866
for production, TURA filers have decreased their toxic chemical use by 45% and
are generating 69% less byproduct. During this same eleven years, core
TURA filers reported
an overall 45% increase in production!