On Monday evening, December 13, the Charlotte City Council was repeated told that “all they were voting on was to allow for an option to include incineration”. We tried to warn them.
The Central Piedmont Sierra Club and Citizens for a Healthy Environment spoke out to warn the City Council that this was a vote to give the ReVenture Incinerator a “blank check” to proceed. We reminded them that this would be their last official act to prevent this. We tried to warn them.
The City Council debated the issue for almost 90 minutes. Several times they tried to get clarification on what they were voting for and they were repeated told that “all they were voting on was to allow for an option to include incineration”. We had tried to warn them.
By a vote of 9-2 the Charlotte City Council decided that all the emails and phone calls opposing the incinerators, all the scientific data about dangers of incinerators that they received, and our warning about what they were voting on didn’t matter enough. Only Michael Barnes and Patsy Kinsey realized the significance of the vote and recognized that the project had not been thoroughly vetted. We had tried to warn them but only two members acted on the warning.
And so on December 17 at the Mecklenburg Solid Waste Advisory Board ReVenture Advisory Council it was announced that ReVenture would now be moving forward with their garbage incinerator permitting. The Charlotte City Council now cannot stop the garbage incinerator, modify the garbage incinerator plan or assure that the safety and health of Charlotte citizens or our environment will not be damaged. The “option” has been put into motion…
What were they voting on? You can read about it below.
- Red-Lined Changes to Mecklenburg 10-Year Solid Waste Plan
- ReVenture / Mecklenburg County Memorandum of Understanding – Garbage
- ReVenture / Mecklenburg County Memorandum of Understanding – Compostable Yard Waste
Please watch the Council Session on the Garbage Incinerator
You can watch a video of our comments, our warnings and the debate at:
City Council Business Meeting – Dec 13, 2010 (Click on Item 13 at the 46 minute mark)
Follow Up Messages to City Council Members
Councilperson Barnes, Kinsey
On behalf of the Central Piedmont Executive Committee and our 2,300 members, I’d like to thank you for your courage and service to our community for speaking out and voting “NO” on this agenda item.
Councilperson Burgess, Cannon, Carter, Turner, Dulin, Peacock, Howard, James, Cooksey
On behalf of the Central Piedmont Executive Committee and our 2,300 members, I’d like to express our deep dissatisfaction and disappointment in your voting “YES” on this agenda item.