In the midst of a industrial and residential space of Waukegan, about 42 miles north of Chicago, sits 70 acres of empty land dotted with wood posts bearing poisonous fuel screens. That is Yeoman Creek Landfill, a former dumping floor for hazardous waste from properties and trade within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. For many years, it was a Federal Superfund web site – dwelling to hazardous waste that has mismanaged sufficient to warrant intervention by the US Environmental Safety Company. However now it is eyeing a second life as a renewable vitality facility.
Cleanup to cope with excessive ranges of methane and different poisonous gases is essentially full, although the EPA remains to be monitoring the location. The property is not appropriate for a lot of issues, however for Paul Curran it is a enterprise alternative. His New York-based firm, BQ Vitality, is putting in 20,000 photo voltaic panels on the Yeoman Creek web site. He mentioned it is a 10 million greenback undertaking.
Curran mentioned many Superfund websites, also referred to as “brownfields,” are best candidates for renewable vitality services. “You do not need parks or homes or any sort of public entry on these sorts of properties,” Curran mentioned. “However photo voltaic wants lots of actual property. We’d like sunny locations that [don’t] have plenty of timber or different obstacles.