Opposition to new Roxul/Rockwool plant in WV.
Some Mid-Atlantic news outlets (including the Washington Post) are reporting on the opposition of a new Rockwool plant in Jefferson County, WV.
The link above contains a link to Rockwool’s letter to the WV EPA. I read through the first 15 pages or so…
It sounds like they will be trucking in the raw materials (as opposed to rail) and then using primarily coal to fire the furnaces. They describe that VOCs (including formaldehyde), methane, CO2, and particulate matter will be expled from the stacks , among other nasty things. Rockwool does detail how they plan to use various techniques- including the use of chemicals- to ‘scrub’ the steam emissions. (I would cut and paste the actual words but it’s difficult on my mobile device. I encourage you to read it. )
Anyway, I’m sure that the production of most insulation comes at a heavy cost to the environment and our communities. I love mineral wool but this article has me questioning it’s “greeness”.
Am I overreacting? Does cellulose and wood fiber insulation produce similar waste? Thoughts from GBA community?
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