On May 10 the Environment & Natural Resources Committee will take up a substantive bill that hopes to reform and update Maine's landfill policy, which is a very big duty of the Department of Environmental Protection. The bill is here: LD%20112%20sponsors%20proposed%20amendment%20for%20PH.pdf
Earlier this year during the public hearing for the RoxWind project the intervenors made the case that the RoxWind decommissioning plan is woefully inadequate in that it overestimates scrap redemption values, underestimates material handling/deconstruction costs, and makes no provisions for waste disposal. The DEP has not made a decision yet. The intervenor objection is here:
There are 1200 composite fiberglass turbine blades in service currently in Maine. If offshore wind catches on, there will be lots more. Reports from Maine and around the world say that these blades do not last. There is no viable recycling method for them. DEP anticipates they will be disposed in one of Maine's limited landfills. In March, Brad Blake brought the looming landfill crisis to legislators' attention as they were about to hold seminars on solid waste issues/policies. His letter is here:
The DEP issues regular reports about solid waste. They characterize different classes of waste, including "Special Waste," which requires special handling. As you can see in their planning documents, they're planning for cell phones and solar panels but they don't even have wind turbine blades on the radar:
Regarding fiberglass disposal, here is an excerpt from the RoxWind intervenor testimony. It is the section specifically about fiberglass: Excerpt%20from%20RoxWind%20Decommissioning%20Criticism.pdf
At the legislative hearing on May 10, might it make sense for the public to ask the committee and the DEP why they still have not addressed the overwhelming landfill crush posed by Maine's wind turbines? Maybe instruct DEP to do so immediately?
Perhaps someone on this page has the expertise to develop the case to be presented on May 10?