Waste-to-energy in the United States : a social and economic assessment.
INTRODUCTION. Municipal solid waste and the role of Waste-to-Energy. General Approach. Preview of following chapters. WHY IS WASTE-TO-ENERGY SO CONTROVERSIAL?. The issues. Uncertainties about potential environmental and health risks. Legislative and regulatory uncertainties. Uncertainties about the future of alternatives to WTE. Uncertainties about WTE Technologies. Potential failures in the decision-making process. AN OVERVIEW OF WASTE-TO-ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES. Introduction. The adoption of WTE in the United States. WTE industry structure in the United States. The potential for energy production from MSW Combustion. WASTE-TO-ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES AND KEY SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS. Introduction. Analysis of communities with Waste-to-Energy Initiatives. Summary and conclusions. A FOCUS ON FINANCIAL ISSUES. Introduction. Some background on the cost of environmental management. Potential financing mechanisms. The increasing costs of WTE facilities. Federal tax policy. Other financial constraints on local jurisdictions. Adjustments in the financing of WTE projects. Summary and future outlook. CASE STUDIES: COMMUNITY DECISION MAKING. Introduction. Methods. Broward County, Florida. Oakland County, Michigan. Knox County, Tennessee. Monmouth County, New Jersey. Analysis. Summary and future outlook. THE SOCIOECONOMICS OF WASTE-TO-ENERGY CONCLUSIONS. The motivation for this study. Why is WTE so controversial?. An overview of WTE in the United States. para más información ver documento.
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