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Two Bills Target Recycling, Disposal of Wind Turbine Blades

Two Bills Target Recycling, Disposal of Wind Turbine Blades

One bill would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in landfills, while the other would allow only the base material of blades and towers to be buried in abandoned coal mine sites.

The Wyoming House of Representatives recently passed two bills targeting the recycling and disposal of wind turbine blades. House Bill 217 would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in state landfills, while House Bill 129 would allow only the base material of blades and towers to be buried in abandoned coal mine sites, according to an Oil City News report.

Casper Regional Landfill has been accepting wind turbine blades, but Rawlins Times reports that over time, the blades could have a larger impact on the state both environmentally and economically.

Oil City News has more:

The Wyoming House of Representatives passed two bills on first reading during their Monday, Feb. 24 floor session related to the disposal of wind turbine parts.

House Bill 217 would ban the disposal of wind turbine blades in Wyoming landfills. The blades could be discarded at facilities which aim to reuses recycle, breaks down or repurpose the blades.

“We need to re-purpose these blades,” House District 59 Representative Bunky Loucks said ahead of the vote. “There is lots of new research out there saying that these can be recycled. It is in the best interest of the state to not pile them up into our landfills. Have them re-purposed.”

Read the full story here.

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