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Letter; No to incineration

There is a public hearing this Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at The Greenfield Department of Planning and Development, 114 Main St. It is important to be there. We need to know what is going on. Why after 22 years is the Department of Environmental Protection planning to end its moratorium on new incinerators? Incineration wasn’t safe 22 years ago and it isn’t safe now. What perplexes is that we know even more about the dangers so why lift the moratorium?

There is talk of waste incinerators in Massachusetts. My work takes me around the country to where people are experiencing the health and environmental consequences of incinerators/power plants that they were told were safe. Waste to energy burns wood, some burn garbage to include medical waste, poultry litter, tires … They also burn recycling and compost because there is limited oversight and enforcement. I have heard frustrated reports of communities that no longer recycle because the glass, plastic, metal and paper go to the incinerator. These are accompanied by stories of cancer, asthma and heart disease. Ask the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society and the Massachusetts Medical Society.

We have worked hard to keep the biomass plant out of Greenfield, but Matt Wolfe still has his permit. During this process, we have learned a great deal about the hazards of incineration and its potential impact on our community. We need a moratorium in place. Please come to the hearing.

TOM NEILSON

Greenfield

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