The following message and attachment has been sent to the Charlotte City Council and the Mecklenburg BOCC with copies to the Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board, PTA Executive Board, the Planning and Zoning Commission:
Subject: School Air Quality Near Proposed Gasification Incinerator
To: Charlotte Mecklenburg Leadership
We have provided you with several communications regarding issues of public health, safety and environmental concerns regarding the siting of the proposed ReVenture garbage-to-energy gasification incinerator near schools, neighborhoods, parks, etc. With the White Water Academy (0.9 miles) and several other public schools, kindergartens and day care centers located with a three mile radius of the proposed site, we believe that extensive review of this and other issues is absolutely necessary and public input in the form of town hall meetings and public hearings are needed.
USA Today developed an extensive series on “The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America’s Schools” (https://incineratorfreemecklenburg.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/the-smokestack-effect-toxic-air-and-america%E2%80%99s-schools/). Using their data we compared some CMS schools and west side schools (Mecklenburg and Gaston schools within 3 miles of the proposed site). The air quality in these west side school is one-third to one-half of the best schools in CMS (11 to 14th percentile versus 28 to 34th percentile). The data from this report clearly indicates that the air around Charlotte Mecklenburg School is compromised and that those schools near the proposed gasification incinerator are already greatly disadvantaged. They do not need nor deserve to have any additional industrial pollution added to the air.
We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you or provide you with additional data and studies regarding air quality or emissions associated with gasification incinerators. In addition, we would welcome the opportunity to work with a stakeholder group to address air quality concerns in Charlotte and Mecklenburg county.
Thank you for your review of this information and your action to address this risk to our children and our community.