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Company plans to generate electricity by burning cows

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Agt. Adopus, Jul 6, 2003.

  1. Agt. Adopus

    Agt. Adopus Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 30, 2001 Messages: 202 Likes Received: 0
    Fat from cows killed as a precaution during the height of the BSE crisis could be used to power industry on Teesside, it was revealed today.

    Health chiefs stressed that the proposal would not pose a danger to the public.

    The plan has been drawn up by SembCorp Utilities Teesside, which generates steam and electrical power for many of the chemical companies in the area and also sells surplus electricity to the National Grid.

    It is negotiating with the Government's Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to buy about 100,000 tonnes of tallow - rendered animal fat - which it will burn to fuel its power station at Wilton.

    The fat comes from cattle aged over 30 months that were no longer permitted to enter the food chain and were slaughtered as part of the BSE control measures.

    It was done as a precaution and none of these cattle had any signs of the BSE infection, the company stresses.

    Teesside public health expert Ian Holtby said: "We feel there are no risks to the general population using this tallow as a fuel, bearing in mind the source of this material."

    The workforce has been briefed by the company and union leader Mike Brider said they were happy to handle it "as long as it's approved as safe to work with".

    A full consultation process involving MPs, councillors, environmental health and public health officials and the public, has been launched.

    Paul Gavens, SembCorp Utilities Teesside managing director, said: "We have many years of experience in managing a wide variety of fuel sources at the station and believe we can carry out this task safely and efficiently."

    The Environment Agency will decide if the tallow can be used at the power station.

    The scheme is part of a long-term aim by SembCorp to generate power by more environmentally friendly means using renewable fuel sources.

    The company is seeking a £10m Government grant to finance a £38m new steam boiler and electricity turbine at Wilton.

    Taking two years to build, the unit would generate power from a wide range of 'biomass', which is plant or animal material.

    The plans have been welcomed by unions chiefs, council leaders and MPs.

    Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland: said: "As an engineer I can see no technical problems at all and it seems a benign way of dealing with what is a serious storage problem."

    He added: "I also understand that SembCorp's other proposals include using natural coppice wood, which again can take the place of irreplaceable fossil fuel. In the light of the announcement earlier this week that Britain could face power cuts within 20 years if we do not widen our source of fuels, this announcement is very timely indeed."

    Carole Zagrovic, a Teesside-based community worker with Friends of the Earth, said local people needed to know the scientific data behind the plans and details of any risk assessments. She said: "Let's have a look at the research."
     
  2. test pattern

    test pattern Elite Member

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  3. Agt. Adopus

    Agt. Adopus Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 30, 2001 Messages: 202 Likes Received: 0
  4. test pattern

    test pattern Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 21, 2002 Messages: 3,975 Likes Received: 0
    well
    let me rephrase

    interesting
     
  5. Tyler Durden

    Tyler Durden Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 18, 2001 Messages: 5,263 Likes Received: 40
    MMMM....DELICIOUS ELECTRICITY.
     
  6. mogilny

    mogilny Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003 Messages: 1,582 Likes Received: 0
    thats F'ed............
     
  7. Don't Panic

    Don't Panic Member

    Joined: Jun 2, 2003 Messages: 647 Likes Received: 0
    Humans just keep rockin on with our innovative selfs.

    So what's the problem?
     
  8. garcia_vega

    garcia_vega Elite Member

    Joined: Jan 6, 2001 Messages: 2,931 Likes Received: 2
    well there's some pretty fat people out there--why stop at cows? life will be just like the matrix.
     
  9. NOUM

    NOUM Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 17, 2003 Messages: 3,966 Likes Received: 0
    only in some states it is my friend..only in some states...
     
  10. NOUM

    NOUM Elite Member

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    i don't see a problem with it..but what happens when there are no more cows to burn?..then what to when i have a craving for some good ol' fashion fast food?..
     
  11. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2002 Messages: 1,974 Likes Received: 6
    Wait until Raze sees this one, he's gonna be all, "FUCK YOU I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!"
     
  12. NOUM

    NOUM Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 17, 2003 Messages: 3,966 Likes Received: 0
    vegan protests..people stop eatting cows..people find new ways to use cows..cows make heat..heat warms house..house keeps vegan warm..all equal a happy vegan...trust me,everyone loves a warm house..
     
  13. rental

    rental Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 1, 2001 Messages: 7,641 Likes Received: 1
    i would do this, too/
     
  14. rental

    rental Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jul 1, 2001 Messages: 7,641 Likes Received: 1
    ooooh!!!! how about burning babies for electricity?!!!
     
  15. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    hahaha
     
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