Tour Warden fuel yard

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GRINDING TIES–The burning of treated railroad ties at the L’Anse Warden Electric Plant has raised concerns in the community for years. Plant officials offered a tour of the “Fuel Aggregate Facility” last Friday to members of the Warden Citizen Advisory Panel. They watched an industrial grinder shredding ties, above, which are scooped into a covered building before being sent to the plant in the fuel mix.


L’Anse Warden Electric Company (LWEC) officials provided an hour-long tour of the biomass electric generating plant’s Fuel Aggregate Facility on Friday, May 1, 2015. Only four people attended. Some members of the Warden Citizen Advisory Panel (CAP) were unable to attend due to the one-day notice they received for the tour. Conducting the tour were Traxys CEO Steve Walsh, Warden Plant and Fuel Manager John Polkky and Warden Technical and Safety Manager J.R. Richardson. The fuel facility is where the wood chips and railroad ties are stockpiled and prepared to be burned in the Warden plant. The ties have long been a source of environmental concern in the community, for possible leaching into the soil and ultimately, Lake Superior; for airborne particles of ground ties that fall out nearby; and for possible air pollution after the material (along with ground tire fuel and wood chips) is burned. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers..