* 127 Organizations, Including the Sierra Club, Oppose Incentives for Incinerators

The Sierra Club has joined other organizations in opposing gasification and other types of incinerators.

No Incentives for Incinerators

Policies that qualify incinerators—including mass-burn, gasification, pyrolysis, plasma, refuse derived fuel and other incinerator technologies—for renewable energy credits, tax credits, subsidies and other incentives present a renewed threat to environmental and economic justice in U.S. communities.

Incinerators are a toxic technology. Even the most technologically advanced incinerators release hundreds of distinct hazardous byproducts including dioxins, heavy metals, and halogenated organic compounds in the form of toxic air emissions, particulates and ash.

Incinerators are a major contributor to global warming. Even by conservative calculations, typical incinerators emit more greenhouse gas emissions per kilowatt hour of electricity generated than gas-fired power plants. Incinerators also cause far more greenhouse gas emissions than recycling and other more sustainable waste solutions.

Low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately burdened by incinerator contamination and the global warming consequences of greenhouse gas emissions.

Incinerators trap communities in a cycle of debt and displace more just, affordable and sustainable waste and energy solutions. Alternatives to incineration such as recycling, reuse and composting provide far more jobs and are much more economically sensible.

Incinerators waste energy, natural resources and the planet. Incinerator contracts require the disposal of the earth’s finite resources and encourage the extraction of raw materials to produce new products. When the life cycle of materials is considered, recycling saves far more energy than is generated by incineration and causes less greenhouse gas emissions and waste.

THEREFORE, we the undersigned, urge U.S. federal, state, and local agency officials to prioritize the highest and best re-use of discarded materials and to exclude municipal, medical, hazardous, and construction and demolition waste incineration from qualifying as a source of renewable energy, fuel and/or power in any and all papers, programs, incentives, regulations, legislation and policies.

Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Amazon Watch
American Environmental Health Studies Project
The Annie Appleseed Project
Arizona Toxics Information
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Basel Action Network
Bay Localize
Blue Mountain Environmental Organization
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
Buckeye Environmental Network
California Communities Against Toxics
Capitol Region Action Against Breast Cancer
Center for Environmental Health
Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems (CMPBS)
Cheektowaga Citizen’s Coalition Inc.
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Citizens Against Ruining the Environment (CARE)
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition
Citizens for a Clean Environment
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Citizens Leading for Environmental Action and Responsibility
Clean Catch
Clean New York
Coalition for Health Concern
Committee Against Plutonium Economics
Complementary Choices
Computer TakeBack Campaign
Concerned Citizens of Hinsdale New Hampshire
Concerned Citizens of Russell
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
Co-op America
Dogwood Alliance
Earth Day Network
Earth Economics
East Williamsburg Resident Association
Ecology Center
Environment America
Environmental Health Fund
Environmental Research Foundation
Families Against Cancer Toxics (FACT)
Florida Children’s Environmental Health Alliance
Flouride Action Network
Food and Water Watch
Friends of the Earth
Forest Ethics
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
Glynn Environmental Coalition
Grassroots Recycling Network (GRRN)
Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
Green Conscience Organic Lawn Care
Green Delaware
Greenpoint Waterfront Organization for Parks and Planning
Green Press Initiative
Health Care Without Harm
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Huntington Breast Cancer Coalition
Indigenous Environmental Network
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
Ironbound Community Corporation
Lower East Side Ecology Center
Lyons Incinerator Opponent Network (LION)
Making Our Milk Safe (MOMS)
Metropolitan United Neighborhoods Sustainable Cooperative Community Development Organization
Mink Hills Center for Sustainability
Morningside Heights/ West Harlem Sanitations Coalition
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Network for Environmental and Economic Responsibility, United Church of Christ
New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance
New York Zero Waste Coalition
North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
NY Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)
Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Olympic Environmental Council
Oregon Center for Environmental Health
Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
Oregon Wildlife Federation
Pacific Environment
People’s Environmental Network of New York (PENNY)
Peoria Environmental Action Committee for the Earth (PEACE)
Pesticide Action Network North America
Prevention is the Cure
Protect All Children’s Environment (PACE)
Protect Our Woods
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Public Citizen
Rainforest Action Network
Rochestarians Against the Misuse of Pesticides (RAMP)
Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center
Save Our County, Inc.
Science and Environmental Health Network
Sierra Club
Silver Valley Community Resource Center
Sound Resource Management
Southern Energy Network
Southwest Neighbors Protecting Our Environment
Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice
Stand Up/Save Lives Campaign
Staten Island Citizens for Clean Air
Sustainable South Bronx
Tamalpais Nature Works
Texas Campaign for the Environment
The Chemical Weapons Working Group
The Ecology Center
Total Recycling Associates
The Seattle Rainforest Action Group (SEARAG)
Toxics Action Center
Toxics Information Project
Twin Cities InfoLine
United Neighbors Concerned About General Electric & Dewey Loeffel Landfill
Urban Habitat
U.S. Environmental Watch
Wasatch Clean Air Coalition Coalition
Waste Action Project
Waukesha Environmental Action League
WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Inc. (WE ACT)
Women’s Voices for the Earth
Working Films, NC

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