Urgent Action Alert #25
Delaware Senate to vote on incineration May 13th
Port Penn, DE. May 7, 1998. Senate Bill 98 is to "absolutely prohibit" garbage incineration in Delaware's Coastal Zone. The Coastal Zone includes Pigeon Point, (between Wilmington and New Castle, opposite Pennsville, NJ) where the Delaware Solid Waste Authority once had an incinerator and wants to build another one. The Amendment is intended to reverse the meaning of the act and "grandfather" an incinerator at Pigeon Point.
Solid Waste Authority staffers Pat Canzano and Tom Houska, and lobbyists, are prowling Legislative Hall, feeding legislators misleading information on behalf of incineration. Governor Tom Carper is pro-burn. Other major incinerator supporters include Connectiv (Delmarva Power/Atlantic Electric) and the Wilmington News Journal (Gannett).
If SB 98 is to pass without Amendment 1, it's vital that legislators hear from many constituents in the next few days. Please call your Senator. Ask anyone you know who lives in Delaware to call. If you are not from Delaware, call Governor Carper's office (302.577.3210).
Garbage incineration diminishes quality of life and property values.
Incinerator emissions include mercury and dioxin, and are linked to cancer, asthma, birth defects, and many other health problems.
Burning costs more than other ways of managing trash and does not eliminate landfilling.
Delaware has little recycling: less than half the national average and one-fifth of New Jersey's.
The Delaware Solid Waste Authority has a very bad track record and cannot be trusted to run facilities properly. The DSWA habitually mistreats host communities.
The solutions include Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost.
Delaware Senators (home phone numbers, all area code 302)
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