- Dec 28, 2014
This is horrible for the planet ! Who allows this plant to be built ? This plant produces more chemical waste than probably all cars in country COMBINED .
When they find a huge natural gas supply on the island they can pipe it and convert the plant (not likely). They could burn fuel oil like they do in Puerto Rico but it's not good either and more expensive and more prone to facility fires.This is horrible for the planet ! Who allows this plant to be built ? This plant produces more chemical waste than probably all cars in country COMBINED .
Yes it's not an easy issue to solve but the world needs to move away from coal. Methylmercury pollution in the environment throughout the world is primarily from burning coal for power generation. Many people that consume large amounts of fish such as mahi mahi, tuna, sea bass, grouper, etc (those fish high on the food chain) all have elevated levels of methylmercury in their bodies. It tends not to be an issue for adults as their nervous systems are fully developed but it's a really bad idea for children to consume fish that are high on the food chain due to the biogmagnification of methylmercury in their tissues. If you're going to eat fish, sardines are a good choice.The people need electricity. What is the alternative? Use what we have or be in the dark.
That leads me to believe they are planning to install cyclonic filters. Basically very powerful fans that create circular winds in the emission stack chamber. The winds collect the ash before it leaves the stack. Less costly than electrostatic precipitation and less efficient. Some might say economical, some might say a quick cheap partial fix. Why proper filters weren’t included in the cost of initial construction is strange. Any good consulting engineer will tell you retrofitting is way more expensive. The current government is kicking the fly ash can down the road for the new government to handle. What’s frustrating is the blatant waste of DR taxpayers money by an evident lack of proper expertise in the design and construction stages. These grandiose projects turn into money pits and total failure is always looming on the horizon. Systemic corruption I suspect may be one of the underlying causes. We have one now in my province. The previous government built a hydroelectric facility that was originally estimated to cost 3.1 Billion and is peaking at 7.5 billion and not finished because the main contractor defaulted and left. The plant was built despite the warning that it would be a white elephant. The end result for us as electricity consumers is a potential quadrupling of power rates in the next five years.Apparently they were not. There is a tender ongoing to install these. According to an interview with Enrique de Leon on Esta Noche con Mariasela last night, the tender is for filters that would not fully solve the problem. The expert called these economical filters.
Esta Noche con Mariasela