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Re: Incineration & Evil Intent
Jon and Rebecca,
I believe the same thing is occurring with people who peddle municipal
solid waste and/or sewage sludge compost facilities, which peddle their
toxic compost for use on farmlands and gardens across the nation. This
sludge may contain dioxin and PCBs, but EPA from what I understand, is
not regulating these contaminants in the sludge --now linquistically
detoxified as biosolids and sold as an ''organic'' compost, potting
soil, or fertilizer.
Jon Campbell wrote:
> Hi, Rebecca,
> In my posting, I did not intend to cast all of the people who promoted
> incinerators as evil. Most were just misinformed about the dangers.
> The incinerator companies knew better, however. They just didn't let
> on that anything was amiss...
> I believe that it was a well-coordinated scheme to divert public money to
> private hands through the floating of municipal bonds.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rebecca Leighton Katers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <email@example.com>
> Date: Wednesday, December 03, 1997 8:53 AM
> Subject: Incineration & Evil Intent
> >While everyone should certainly know better now,
> >I agree with Sam McClintock's assessment that
> >many incinerator promoters in the 70s and 80s
> >were probably well-meaning.
> >As a college student in 1981, I took a course in
> >Solid Waste Management. The professor in that
> >course was essentially a nice man who was
> >mesmerized by the promise of incinerators, and he
> >passed "the magic" on to all his students. Our
> >class project for the semester was to "plan" a
> >MSW incinerator for downtown Green Bay,
> >The Professor was absolutely convinced that
> >incinerators were the "Answer." In fact, I got
> >in quite a bit of trouble asking more than once
> >why we didn't study or discuss recycling. He
> >stormed at me and said it didn't work --- they
> >had already tried it in Green Bay in the 70s and
> >no one cooperated. He said our job was to
> >manage the solid waste once it was generated ---
> >the only people still talking about recycling
> >were soft-headed environmentalists.
> >Let's face it --- to those who see only the good
> >of incineration there seem to be a lot of
> >benefits: waste to energy, reduced landfill
> >needs, destruction of pathogens, high-tech
> >magic, etc. It seems like the pinnacle of
> >modern, even environmental, answers to solid
> >waste. It turned waste into a resource.
> >And everyone I knew then believed that air
> >pollution control equipment took care of any
> >minor pollution problems. Everyone
> >assumed "the regulations are strict" --- (THIS IS
> >WHERE WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR PUBLIC
> >I remember from that old class that several
> >professors were working together to address the
> >financing, waste flow, siting and other details
> >--- and they were ALL enthusiastic supporters of
> >the project.
> >They didn't know any better. They were missing
> >critical pieces of information. These
> >professors weren't "evil," but they did have
> >When I was elected County Supervisor and City
> >Alderwoman in 1988, the incinerator was being
> >formally proposed. But by then, I had read a
> >great deal about incinerator disasters (financial
> >and environmental) across the country and
> >convinced the local government that it was risky
> >and needed more investigation.
> >In the meantime, Wisconsin passed a strong
> >recycling law, and Green Bay now has a very
> >successful curb-side recycling program, in
> >addition to a permanent household hazardous waste
> >drop-off site.
> >The MSW incinerator never happened, but we're
> >still siting landfills for the remaining waste
> >--- and neighbors of those sites STILL want a
> >MSW incinerator, hoping it will prevent a
> >landfill by their homes.
> >(And many of our papermills propose incinerators
> >for their waste sludges....)
> >I think we should hold the incineration
> >specialists' feet to the fire, because they
> >surely knew about toxic emissions
> >coming from incinerators.
> >But the less-informed people who supported these
> >projects didn't know any better. And the
> >majority of people promoting incinerators
> >probably fit in this second category.
> >It's inaccurate (and a waste to time) to blame
> >ALL incinerator supporters for evil intent.
> >Rebecca Leighton Katers
> >Clean Water Action Council of N.E. Wisconsin
> >2220 Deckner Avenue
> >Green Bay, WI 54302
> >Phone: 920-468-4243
> >Fax: 920-468-1234
> >E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org