September 8, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013

Bringing counselor into schools a good idea

I was glad to read in the Pharos-Tribune on Aug. 18, 2013, where Four County Counseling Center will be transferring a therapist to the Logansport Community School Corp. They will be working with students with emotional and behavior problems.

Mental illness may still be somewhat of a stigma albeit it should not be. I believe that some children/teenagers do not receive treatment needed during their youth. This often leads to more severe psychiatric behaviors in their young adult years.

I congratulate the key players in our community for integrating and working together for mental health treatment which will benefit our children. Saving one student from a devastating future experience is worth it!

Kenneth Iles


Still waiting for answersto the same questions

We have paid Pyrolyzer supporters to visit Materials Recovery Facilities and a Pyrolyzation pilot plant in Germany and Canada. The report seems to be, “It works.”

Of course it “works.” That is not the question.

Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) have been around for years.

As for pyrolyzation, you can build a pyrolyzer in a 55-gallon drum and your science project will pyrolyze trash (or tires, wood or plastic) and make syngas, and you can combust the syngas to generate electricity.

But your science project doesn’t answer the question: Can pyrolysis make clean, cheap, reliable electricity?

The Germans tried to answer this question. At least as early as the 1920s the Batelle Institute in Frankfurt tried to make pyrolysis profitable, but failed.

Monsanto built a huge 1,000 tons-per-day pyrolyzation plant in Baltimore in the early 1970s. It failed to reach design capacity and it never ran continuously. Monsanto closed it in 1977.

Covanta, the largest waste incineration company in the U.S., considered pyrolyzation but decided it was not profitable.

Pyrolyzer LLC’s proposal to Logansport is to process 6,000 tons-per-day of trash and/or tires to generate 150 Megawatts of electricity! What experience can Pyrolyzer offer to back up this gigantic proposal? Pyrolyzer LLC and its inventor-partner, KUG, don’t offer any independent tests of continuous emissions, or any evidence of ever producing electricity, nor do they have a unit that has run longer than 15 days.

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