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Bakida Ep. #7 - CDC Requiring COVID-19 Tests for Air Passengers and Wind Turbine Blade Recycling

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

Gooday, Bakida listeners and followers! Welcome to Episode 7 of our weekly news discussion podcasts. We did things a little differently this week. Instead of one long recording, we are creating multiple shorter recordings to make them easier to watch or listen to and digest. We will continue to post blogs with each recording.


Article #1 is titled, “CDC Requires COVID-19 Test From Air Passengers Entering The U.S.” We had a lively discussion about the new rules requiring anyone entering the US to test negative for Covid-19. This is a helpful step among many that can help curb this pandemic. There are a large number of workers in the travel industry. This new testing rule helps most of the workers in the airline industries. It is still important to continue to practice diligent mask wearing, social distancing, and hand/surface sanitation.


For our 2nd article, “Wind Turbine Blades Can’t Be Recycled, So They’re Piling Up in Landfills”, we discussed the challenge of disposing of aging wind turbine blades. Currently, blades that are ready for disposal are very hard to recycle. Therefore, old blades are being landfilled, taking up enormous amounts of landfill space. Each turbine blade will need between 30 and 44.8 cubic yards of landfill space, using a total of 448,000 cubic yards of the 2.6 million yards set aside for construction and demolition material.

estimate the U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2020-02-05/wind-turbine-blades-can-t-be-recycled-so-they-re-piling-up-in-landfills


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-wind-turbine-blades-could-be-recycled-instead-of-landfilled/


There are programs testing various methods for processing blades into a reusable material. GE Renewable Energy announced Tuesday a multi-year agreement with Veolia North America for the first U.S. wind turbine blade recycling program of its kind. The blades which are made primarily of resin and fiberglass will be reprocessed and used as a substitute for coal, sand and clay in the manufacturing of cement. This will lead to a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from cement production by a net 27%. Read more at:


https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ge-announces-first-us-wind-turbine-blade-recycling-program-with-veolia/591869/

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This podcast episode was recorded on January 18, 2020.


Links to the articles discussed in this episode:

- https://www.npr.org/2019/09/10/759376113/unfurling-the-waste-problem-caused-by-wind-energy

- https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ge-announces-first-us-wind-turbine-blade-recycling-program-with-veolia/591869/


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