posted on Mar, 5 2013 @ 01:20 AM
Originally posted by mjp54
reply to post by stirling
It sure can. The "waste water" can be treated and reused in many industrial processes. If the correct processes are used the metals can be
precipitated and then recycled to (hopefully) be reused. We've been doing this for a while, just not on a grand scale. As the prices keep rising for
the rare earth metals the technology will improve making metals reclamation more cost effective. (BTW...I have worked in wastewater, both domestic and
industrial, for quite a while.) Mike
I'm curious since you are in wastewater.
Pulp mills and oil sands and the like still cause pollution, fracking and recycling...We haven't solved our wastewater problems have we? Tell me
exactly what you might do with the wastewater from all of these to have no impact on the environment. The subject in the OP, I don't know how anyone
can make an informed opinion whether or not you are in the industry.
It's like if you search for vinyloop PVC recycling, you wont find any information besides "PVC recycling breakthrough!"
They fail to mention the solvents needed in the process, the production of the solvents and the waste thereafter. It's a closed loop? Okay, eventually
some gunk builds up doesn't it? Look at "primary insoluable"
I have no idea what exactly that
means, but it's conveniently left out, as many things are in new technologies....
Forgive my skepticism on this new process. Unless of course you can enlighten me. I am not necessarily saying it is worse than the alternative, or
even that vinyloop or the like is useless, merely that when something new comes out, it's marketed as a be all and end all cure to our ails and that
simply isn't true.
edit on 5-3-2013 by boncho because: (no reason given)