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Santa Barbara Council Advances Tajiguas Landfill Project

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

With the Santa Barbara City Council’s consent Tuesday, the environmental review will move forward for a Resource Recovery Park at the Tajiguas Landfill.

The County of Santa Barbara and cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Buellton and Solvang are working to develop a materials-recovery facility and an anaerobic digestion facility to extend the life of the landfill, which is located in a canyon along the Gaviota Coast west of Goleta.

The county and Goleta already have approved the “term sheet” — a non-binding summary of the proposed project that outlines a timeline for negotiating contracts after the environmental review is complete.

The county and cities will be negotiating with Mustang Renewable Power Ventures LLC, as the preferred vendor, Santa Barbara environmental services manager Matt Fore said Tuesday.

Negotiations will decide where the facilities will be located, what tipping fees will be charged, what technologies and revenue-sharing formulas will be used, and more.

A Resource Recovery Project could increase the South Coast’s diversion rates and double the number of years before the Tajiguas Landfill reaches its capacity, Fore said.

The project, as proposed, also would generate renewable energy.

“This is a big step forward,” Mayor Helene Schneider said.

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» on 12.19.12 @ 07:21 AM

What do we know about Mustang Renewable Power Ventures LLC. ?
Why are we considering signing a 20 year deal with a company with no proven track record in anaerobic digester plant construction and management? Sounds a bit sketchy to me, especially with so many factors unknown.
  Consider this from a 2011 article about this venture-
  “To date, the California Air Resources Board has yet to permit a single gasified plant — a more technologically aggressive approach for harvesting the energy potential of solid waste — in California. While such plants are operated in Europe, they’ve generated significant controversy in the United States because of potential air toxin emissions. (In Europe, the waste stream is picked far cleaner before heat is applied to the refuse, converting it into a natural gas fuel.) To date, no reliable technology exists for monitoring the air quality impacts of such plants in California. These drawbacks notwithstanding, such plants have the capacity to divert far more trash. County trash officials estimate the gasified approach could divert 90 percent of the landfill’s waste stream; the anaerobic approach can divert 50 percen

» on 12.20.12 @ 03:55 AM

Interesting comment Wally, considering the MRF Plant proposal given to the County and the City of SB in 1999 stated they would build the plant at no taxpayer expense, and assure a 90% diversion of materials to the land fill.  That was with a proven S. Calif. plant operator.

If you can divert 90% of man made product and then digest “green” material to produce feed or sugar types that can be sold to the chemical industry isn’t that superior to burning it?  The waste can then be used for energy.  Sounds like a superior process to me.

To bad the greens of the 1990’s were more interested in slush funding inefficient neighborhood recycling plans operated by their friends then saving the environment.

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