Solar industry grapples with hazardou...

Solar industry grapples with hazardous wastes

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Since: Sep 09

East Stroudsburg, PA

#1 Feb 11, 2013

'SAN FRANCISCO (AP)— Homeowners on the hunt for sparkling solar panels are lured by ads filled with images of pristine landscapes and bright sunshine, and words about the technology's benefits for the environment — and the wallet.

What customers may not know is that there's a dirtier side.

While solar is a far less polluting energy source than coal or natural gas, many panel makers are nevertheless grappling with a hazardous waste problem. Fueled partly by billions in government incentives, the industry is creating millions of solar panels each year and, in the process, millions of pounds of polluted sludge and contaminated water.'

Tunkhannock, PA

#2 Feb 11, 2013
I read this yesterday. What i found interesting is the lack of standards or even monitoring especially on the federal level. Had this been the gas industry, we'd already have had several sensationalized films about it. And I say that as someone that is not particularly gung-ho about the gas industry and consider myself concerned about the environment.

There is also a lack of interest in self monitoring it appears.

"We find the overall industry response rate to our request for environmental information to be pretty dismal for an industry that is considered 'green,'" the (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition) group's executive director, Sheila Davis, said in an email.

It's "green" so cadmium must be good for you!

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