SIX NATIONS – When inventor John Kearns accepted the challenge of cleaning up Six Nations’ overflowing landfill site, he also accepted an even bigger challenge – to convince the Six Nations’ public that his disintegrator will be completed and meet the inventor’s confident claims.
Kearns is well aware that the Six Nations community has been ripped off by a bad, and expensive, experience with another incinerator company from B.C. selling EcoAceSolutions systems out of Burlington.
That boondoggle cost the people of Six Nations $1.3 million and led to a lot of bad press for the elected Band Council for diving in without a thorough analysis of the claims of the B.C. firm, which was paid a deposit and has since gone broke with only part of the now useless system actually delivered to Six Nations.[quote author=”” bar=”true” align=”left” width=”600px”]“There was almost another deal with Frank Sherman, of EnEcotops, which council was leaning towards, but he started changing the corporate structure,” says Montour. “Actually it was Helen Miller that turned things toward John again. She said she always liked Kearns’ proposal and suggested that we go with him.”[/quote]
This will also be Kearns’ second chance to make a first impression. When Elected Chief Bill Montour first recommended a solution for the growing landfill problem, it was John Kearns’ name that came up first.
Chief Montour first met the Scottish born inventor in Nova Scotia, when Montour still worked for Indian Affairs and oversaw the Atlantic Provinces region. It was in that capacity that Kearns first showed Montour his new method of garbage disposal. Montour was impressed with it then and was still impressed with it years later when he suggested Kearns’ contraption to Six Nations Elected Council when he was first re-elected as Chief Councillor.
“I didn’t change my mind on John,” said Montour, explaining why Kearns was initially passed over for the contract. “Some members of the council suggested that since I have known John as long as I have, that perhaps I am going to get some monetary compensation out of bringing him here, so it was a mistrust thing.”
According to Montour he advised against using the firm from B.C. which council eventually contracted. Montour had caught them misrepresenting their company in a few different ways and told his council that he didn’t trust them at all.
“I had some intimate knowledge that that guy was shooting us some BS,” says Montour. “But council went with him anyway.”
Montour called Kearns again when that deal went bad. But this time there would be a very long list of provisos, checks, balances, and guarantees, all necessary to put the “once-burned-twice-shy” public at ease.
Kearns accepted the challenge and the responsibility and has even offered more guarantees to the package than were asked for, just to prove how much he believes in his science and his ability to problem solve.
Just to be sure he and his machine are ready for their big debut performance later this week, Kearns fired up each component part of his garbage-eating beast to ensure all would be well.
The unit presently on site is not the one Six Nations will receive should it perform according to expectations. It is a “loaner”, so to speak, which will be replaced with a new, custom-built unit designed especially for Six Nations at an overall cost of between $4m and $6m.
The existing building created to house the original equipment which did not come, will be refitted to become the permanent home of the new system when delivered. At that time the test unit will be disassembled and moved off site.
“Because of the way I’ve been treated here at Six Nations, I am going to commit further, to remediate the existing landfill by cleaning up the old garbage and processing it,” says Kearns. “I will bring in, at my expense, several large modular units to use until the landfill is remediated.”
Both he and Chief Montour envision a manufacturing facility for Six Nations, perhaps in the Oneida Business Park, which Kearns estimates could produce employment opportunities for about 100 workers per shift, producing 6-9 modules per month.
Kearns insists that his brain child be called a “disintegrator” rather than an “incinerator”.
There are many significant differences between the two, which he explains in a brochure he has produced to introduce his machine to the world.
But to capsulize a few of the more impressive points, he says the Kearns Disintegration System exceeds the destructive criteria of all carcinogenic bearing materials used in commerce and industry today.
KDS units can meet or exceed all applicable air emission regulations established by recognized regulatory agencies.
It can even recycle exhumed trash from the existing landfill pits by mix-blending it with new trash.
Kearns says that after studying the normal intake of the landfill, he notes that the amount of new garbage coming in is itself enough to run the system efficiently, but with the addition of exhumed garbage, there is more than enough to keep the machine well fed.
Another question many people have about the standard incineration technology is, how much fuel will it require once it is up and running.
“None,” according to Kearns.
“The system is designed to generate heat from waste material introduced for disintegration.” he says. “Volatile gases created in the disintegration process are processed in a scientific manner producing a vast amount of heat termed Enthalpy. A normal by-product of the fire is smoke and this system simply harnesses the fuel value from the resultant smoke and incorporates it as a fuel source.”
The proof will be in the pudding, and that pudding will be done perhaps as soon as Wednesday, Nov. 13 when Kearns creation fires up, officially, for the first time.
Kearns is so confident in his science that he has strongly suggested that he would like to see Six Nations become the manufacturing hub for his company supplying good paying skilled jobs for the long term.
“Well it is a good fit,” says Chief Montour. “We have a lot of qualified welders and ironworkers here, necessary resources to build them are close by … it just makes sense.”
Kearns himself has a lot on the line as well. The whole waste disposal industry and municipalities with similar landfill problems will be watching as his invention goes to work on Six Nations garbage problem. But he is confident in his 27 years of research and experimentation and is looking forward to proving himself and his machine to a world in need of a new paradigm in garbage control.