Either Marion or Cedar Rapids could become the first U.S. city to dispose of waste using plasma arc technology. Plasma arc waste management involves using a plasma laser to break down waste. The laser turns waste piles into a rock and a vapor. This vapor has the potential to generate steam or electricity, that can be sold to local companies.
Plasma Power LLC. would likely provide the technology if either city goes through these plans. Marion officials have discussed using plasma for over five years, but are hesitant to use the unproven technology.
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