Letter: Tell Kimmell
The people of Massachusetts are already at risk from unhealthy air quality (this state has already been rated “F” by the American Lung Association), and new plans from the Department of Environmental Protection would make our air even worse. Amazingly, DEP Commissioner Ken Kimmell has proposed lifting the 22-year ban on new trash incinerators. Not only will public health be affected but also having these new incinerators will not support a green future. The public has the opportunity to speak out. We the people can submit public comments to the commissioner through March 1. The citizens of Greenfield must tell Commissioner Kimmell that we need a green future, we need a sustainable and renewable way of processing our waste, and we don’t want any trash incinerators. It’s time to step out of the old thought processes and step into a new world, one where the health and integrity of the people, plants, animals and earth are valued above all else.
Comments should be sent to: John Fischer at MassDEP via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to John Fischer, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.
ALEXANDROS K. ATSALIS-GOGEl
Greenfield Community College