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Alert #24

Downstate Legislators Venables, Bunting, Carey, and Quillen 
promote new Castle garbage incinerator

Dover, DE, April 28, 1998. A month ago the Board of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) adopted a draft resolution to dismantle the remaining incinerator equipment at their Pigeon Point site near New Castle. Then, New Jersey rejected incineration of Delaware garbage in Pennsville, NJ. Now, the DSWA agents in the Delaware General Assembly are moving forward with an amendment intended to nullify an anti-incinerator bill (Senate Bill 98). The synopsis of the amendment states 

"This amendment to Senate Bill No. 98 serves to grandfather the Energy Generating Facility ("EGF") [incinerator] owned by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority at Pigeon Point. The Authority paid $5.25 Million for the EGF and the existing infrastructure at the Site is valued at an additional $40 Million. Without the Amendment, the passage of Senate Bill No. 98 would deprive the Authority of its investment and effectively preclude in-state waste-to-energy as an option for managing Delaware's solid waste. Author: Sen. Venables."

Whose side is Senator McBride on?

Senator Dave McBride's district includes Pigeon Point and many communities that have suffered from the so-called "Energy Generation Facility" and other polluting DSWA facilities. McBride is the author of Senate Bill 98, stating that incinerators are not allowed in the Coastal Zone. McBride also chairs the Senate Natural Resources and Environmental Control Committee. .Now, some of Sen. McBride's colleagues and constituents are questioning his commitment to protect them from another incinerator. McBride never responded to suggestions for improvements to SB 98. He apparently neither consulted with or notified his constituents of the April 28th hearing on the Amendment. The scheduling of such a hearing on a Tuesday afternoon is unusual. He has publicly insulted representatives of Green Delaware and other organizations on many occasions.

Quote from Alan Muller, coordinator of Green Delaware:

"From an environmental and health perspective, Venables, Carey and Quillen are the worst Delaware has to offer. Whenever attempts are made to weaken environmental laws or encourage polluting facilities like garbage incinerators we can count on these guys to be in the forefront. Carey and Quillen attended an incinerator promotion meeting in Cape May NJ this spring and are well know as spokesmen for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. It's interesting that they are supporting an incinerator far from the lungs of their own constituents." 

"Sen. McBride will be in deep trouble with his constituents if he waffles on fighting another incinerator."

Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller

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