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Costs to turn waste into gas draw skeptics

Jenni Glenn
December 18, 2005

Another company that uses plasma technology to treat waste has no problems with harmful byproducts.

PEAT International Inc., based in Northbrook, Ill., built one waste disposal plant for the Taiwanese government and is constructing a second plant that it will operate in Taiwan, said Daniel Ripes, the company's business development and corporate communications manager.

PEAT International focuses on disposing of medical waste, ash from incinerators and other harmful trash for a fee, Ripes said. Treating the trash with plasma produces a substitute for natural gas that PEAT International can use to generate and sell electricity, he said. The second byproduct, a silicate material like the one ForeverGreen's plant would produce, can be sold for use in road projects.

"We are confident that what goes in (to the plant) will not create a problem coming out," he said.