We all know that plastic straws and bags are existential threats to mankind. But did you know that they now have competition from balloons? "An Act Regarding the Sale and Release or Abandonment of Balloons" has been introduced in the Maine legislature. Along with recent bills such as defining the type of chickadee that should be our state bird and replacing the current state flag, the legislature is doing its best to make sure they wisely use their taxpayer-funded jobs by cracking down on Maine's balloon problem.
"The intent of this legislation is to prevent the release into the environment of balloons that pose a danger and a nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals, and that cause hardship for the municipalities that must clean up the debris from balloons."
Obviously a bill to prevent the release into the environment of eagle slicing and bat lung imploding wind turbines is out of the question.
The balloon bill is here:
Balloon Bill Sponsor's Other Bill - And Far More Serious
The Balloon Bill's sponsor is sponsoring the following bill, being discussed in the EUT Committee today:
That bill is here: http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/display_ps.asp?PID=1456&snum...
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Heavy Metal Steel (HMS) has very strict handling requirements in order to fit into smelting mills. Today’s average prices nationwide for “unprepared” steel are in the $200/Ton range, depending on geography. Transport distance from the smelting mill is a major factor for local pricing and net cost, and we know of no such mills in the northeast. If the towers can be recycled at all, they will not fetch premium scrap rates. If we conservatively assume processing costs (disassembly, cutting, trucking, etc.) of $100/Ton, there is little incentive to recycle anything. If those costs reach $200/Ton, then there is no reason to believe anything will ever leave the site.