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217 Today: Wind energy industry finds sustainable ways to dispose of old turbine blades and repurpose them

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Today’s headlines: 

  • In Naperville residents, students led an “End Gun Violence Now” rally just days after the tragic murder of 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas.
  • Parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids against COVID-19 are more likely to base that decision on their own research rather than consulting with a healthcare professional, according to a recent national poll by the COVID States Project.
  • Salt & Light – an Urbana nonprofit – is hosting a literacy-focused pajama party this week as part of an effort to give families easy ways to read and play with their kids.
  • Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is endorsing 13th Congressional district Republican candidate Jesse Reising ahead of the June 28th primary.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll discover how the wind energy industry disposes its massive turbine blades at the end of their lifespan and what happens to the blades after demolition. 

217 Today is produced by Sydney Wood. Reporting today contributed by Peter Medlin, Cianna Greaves, Emily Hays, Harrison Malkin and Shahla Farzan.

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Sydney Wood

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