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[GreenYes] RE: [heur] [GreenYes] Re: Railroad Ties


Title: [GreenYes] RE: [heur] [GreenYes] Re: Railroad Ties

The ties have been preserved with Creosote [coal tar], which has been
banned in Europe because it is a carcinogen.  Cement kilns are notorious
air polluters because they burn about anything that burns, no matter how
toxic.   I'm sure they'll burn the ties--I'm not sure I'd want to be
down wind...

-----Original Message-----
From: GreenYes@no.address [mailto:GreenYes@no.address] On
Behalf Of Anne Peters
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 12:46 PM
To: knowaste@no.address
Cc: GreenYes; chuck.daye@no.address
Subject: [heur] [GreenYes] Re: Railroad Ties
Importance: Low


Hi Justin,
You might want to give Chuck Daye of Geocycle a call.  Geocycle sources
alternative fuels for Holcim, an international cement company.  Very
helpful.  I believe he secures fuels for plants in the southern part of
CO's I-25 corridor, so the transport might not be prohibitive. Chuck's
copied here & is at 719-649-4797. Geocycle is a great supporter of CO
Assoc for Recycling.

I believe those ties are treated with some intense chemicals, making
them unsuitable for mulch, no?

Take care,
Anne Peters
Gracestone, Inc.
Boulder, CO
303.494.4934 vox
303.494.4880 fax

Justin Stockdale wrote:

>All,
>I am assisting a local "scenic" railroad as their line is being
>upgraded to support a new commuter line between Albuquerque and Santa
>Fe. While salvaging the old rail has brought an unexpected windfall to
>Santa Fe Southern, the local operator, handling the ties has proven to
>be a bit more of a challenge. Of course all salvageable ties will be
>consumed in a resale market. It is the close to 6,000 rotted and
>decayed ties that we are trying to keep out of the landfill. I suspect
>there may be a value to these materials in a facility approved to
>consume tires as a fuel source? Obviously has a significant
>environmental downside but might it be preferable to the landfill?
>Any thoughts are appreciated...
>Justin
>

>


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