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Reader Wonders “Then What?”

By Staff | May 9, 2017

To the Editor:

Recently while reading about wind turbine companies decommissioning the turbines if things don’t work out, I did not see anything about the foundation.

I have read some locations will take 50 cement truck loads of cement for just one base. The bases will run from 5 feet to 12 feet deep for some of the smaller bases and much more for the larger base. The common bases will run from 30 -50 feet in diameter. Plus all the cement, there will also be about 40,000 pounds of re-bar in most of the foundations. That is what I read.

If the company does decide it is not worth the trouble and decide to decommission, after taking down the above ground machinery, THEN WHAT. I have never seen or heard of a machine that could take out such a huge slab of cement. Use TNT and you will have cement all over the field, and still have re-bar in much of the huge pieces of cement. So, what are you going to do with the pieces, if you do get them out of the ground?

Okay, so you decide to leave it in the ground and cover it up. What kind of crops could you expect to grow, if any, over a slab of cement just a little under ground? Would you have “dead” spots wherever there was a foundation? And what kind of valuation would the land have if a person was to sell it? Who would want to buy land that is non-productive?

Just some THEN WHAT random thoughts

(signed) Tillford Egland

Cylinder, IA