Sacramento considering plant that would vaporize garbage

A Sacramento lawmaker visited a Japanese energy plant last week to watch plasma torches vaporize garbage at temperatures hotter than the sun's surface. She returned more confident that the technology could help her hometown solve its garbage dilemma.

"It's clearer than the Campbell's Soup plant," said Lauren Hammond, comparing the puff of white steam coming out of the Ushanti plasma gasification plant with that of the landmark factory on Franklin Boulevard.

The Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to continue negotiating with a Sacramento firm that wants to make California's capital the first American city to use plasma torches to zap its garbage.

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