The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Cowford » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:05 pm

I see a another Maine-based wood pellet mill, this one in Corinth, burned down. I believe five pellet mills have operated in the past decade or so in Maine, and at least three have burned down... one twice. These guys are begging to be more stringently regulated.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby gokeefe » Fri Sep 21, 2018 10:42 am

A lot of it is new builds and therefore had to be up to code when constructed. Hard to think of anything they could do better especially if their injury rate is low.
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby Cowford » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:06 pm

Not sure how injury rates are related to risk of fire, unless the injuries are burns.

Couldn't do better? Here is a quick and dirty record of pellet mills that are operating/have operated in Maine in last ten years:

Ashland - burned 2009 resulting in two-yr closure, burned 2017
Athens - fire in 2016; fire in 2018
Corinth - destroyed by fire 2018
Strong - blew up 2009 resulting in a one-yr closure, burned 2012
Boothbay - very small plant, closed in 2018 after operating two years
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Re: The Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division

Postby MEC407 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:53 am

gokeefe wrote:A lot of it is new builds and therefore had to be up to code when constructed.


Does the code require sprinklers? If it doesn't, I think the case can easily be made that it ought to.

If I were an insurance company I wouldn't insure one of these operations unless they had sprinklers.
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