This message was sent to the Charlotte City Council Members and Mayor Foxx on December 13, 2010:
Charlotte City Council,
At the City of Charlotte Economic Development Committee on December 9, Councilman Dulin and others raised questions about neighborhoods and schools as well as the impact of this proposed project on the Catawba River. Below and attached are some important items that we would like for you to consider in making your decision on the revision to the Mecklenburg County 10-Year Solid Waste Plan.
Many states such as Delaware, Maryland and Massachusetts would prohibit incinerators being built within THREE MILES of facilities where toxic emissions could impact citizen’s health and safety.
Facilities in this Three Mile Restricted Zone include:
- Residential Dwellings or Communities
- Churches or other Religious Place of Worship
- Athletic or Recreation Fields
- Sports Facilities or Complexes
- Nursing Homes
Over 20 Charlotte Mecklenburg Neighborhood are in this Incinerator Restricted Zone!
At least 16 Schools are within this Incinerator Restricted Zone!
Many states prohibit or restrict incinerators near valued water systems, wetlands, recreation areas and trails where emissions could contaminate air, soil, surface water and citizens using these areas.
- Within 3 miles of any tributary of the Chesapeake Bay
- Within five hundred (500) feet of any surface water
- Closer than five hundred (500) feet to any drinking water well
- Within one thousand (1,000) feet from the boundary of land reserved for scenic or natural use including, but not limited to, wild and scenic areas, national monuments, wilderness areas, historic sites, recreation areas, preserves and scenic trails.
The rationale for these laws and regulations are supported by statements opposing incinerators by numerous Medical Societies and Agencies including the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.
- North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (April 2010). Letter expressing concern about proposed incinerators.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility / Pioneer Valley (MA) (Feb 2010). “the biomass power plants being proposed for several Pioneer Valley locations would contribute to particulate air pollution emissions in a region that already has pollution problems, and therefore we oppose the construction and operation of such plants”
- Massachusetts Medical Society (Feb 2010). “Massachusetts Medical Society believes that biomass combustion electricity generation plants pose an unacceptable public health risk…”
- Florida Medical Association (Dec 2009). “the Florida Medical Association urges state government to adopt policies to minimize the approval and construction of new incinerators including mass-burn, gasification, plasma, pyrolysis, biomass, refuse-derived fuel and other incinerator technologies, and to develop a plan to retire existing outdated incinerators”
- American Lung Association (MA) (Nov 2009). Letter opposing renewable energy credits or any other preferential treatment for biomass in energy or climate legislation.
- Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (Nov 2009). Testimony in Opposition to the Building of a Construction and Demolition Wood Waste Incinerator in Springfield, MA
Based on this additional information, we urge you not to rush into this decision on the revisions to the Mecklenburg County 10-Year Solid Waste Plan. Additional analysis and verification is needed before you have your ONLY VOTE on this important policy decision.
Should you believe that all health, safety and environmental issues related to the proposed ReVenture processed garbage incinerator have not identified, researched and addressed with the developer, we believe that you must vote NO on the proposed revisions to the Mecklenburg County 10-Year Solid Waste Plan.
Please see the attached document for additional information and references.
If we can provide any additional information on this issue or you would like any clarification, please feel free to contact me.
Incinerator Free Mecklenburg
Representing 2,300 members in Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly & Union counties
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