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Contaminated land may house bioenergy sites, says EPA

Nov. 9, 2011 - The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking at contaminated sites that can be utilized for bioenergy and other sustainable energy initiatives, as part of its Re-Powering America Initiative.


November 9, 2011
By David Manly

Nov. 9, 2011 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
is looking at contaminated sites that can be utilized for bioenergy and
other sustainable energy initiatives, as part of its Re-Powering America Initiative.

The EPA is investing about $1 million, and will look at 26 different sites contaminated by a variety of different mining and drilling sites, for potential to support biomass, solar, geothermal or wind projects.

According to an article from Biomass Magazine, the analyses will determine the best renewable energy technology for
the sites, the optimal location for placement of renewable technology,
potential energy generating capacity, the return on investment, and the
economic feasibility of the projects.

The projects could include wood or crop-derived biopower and biofuels, but analysis of each of the sites located across the continental US will take at least a year or more, depending on which renewable energy source is being explored.

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