Flash: Philpower/Tennessee Power Co. threaten Green Delaware
Page 1--background information; page 2--What You Can Do to Help
See GreenDel Alert #29, Sept 10, 1998, for further background
Port Penn, DE. June 21, 1999. Philpower Corporation wants to build a waste wood incinerator between New Castle and Wilmington DE at Pigeon Point, near the site of a closed garbage burner. Philpower says it's a power plant, not an incinerator.)
The surrounding neighborhoods are already oppressed by some of the worst air pollution in the US, and suffer from the resulting harm to their health. PHILPOWER COULD ADD OVER TEN THOUSAND POUNDS PER DAY OF HEALTH-THREATENING AIR POLLUTION. (Philpower claims emissions from a dirty Connectiv power station 3 miles away would go down when they run their incinerator.)
"Environmental Injustice" would result from locating this facility near stressed, low to moderate income, already-polluted neighborhoods. Many allege racism.
Philpower would haul around 40 semi-trailers of waste, much of it contaminated with toxic and cancer causing materials, into the area. The waste would be ground up in giant grinders.
At a recent meeting, more than sixty community and regional representatives told Philpower officials to "Stay out of Delaware." They are beginning to collect hair samples to establish existing pollution burdens in their bodies. (Philpower claims "we aren't doing anything illegal")
Delaware officials want to give Philpower a Coastal Zone permit in spite of a 1998 law banning incinerators in the Delaware Coastal Zone. Hearing Officer Rod Thompson wrote to Green Delaware and to State Senator Dave McBride, asking that we turn over all our objections to Philpower's lawyers before a public hearing [in order that the record might be closed at the hearing and the permit be issued more quickly].
Philpower Vice-president for marketing Michael Knauff has threatened Green Delaware:
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 13:24:15 -0400
CALL/EMAIL PHILPOWER and tell them to "STAY OUT OF DELAWARE"
(Be polite, don't threaten, call during reasonable hours, but be firm. People near Rose Hill may call from the Community Center. Green Delaware will pay for long distance calls.)
Contact these Philpower people (they are in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina):
W. Wayne Coverdale, President Office 910.392.7690 Home: 910.792.5619
CONTACT DELAWARE OFFICIALS - ask them to STOP PHILPOWER and support legislation to define incinerators. (All these numbers area code 302):
Chris Roberts, County Council Office 571-7526
No Increased Air Pollution--No Added Truck Traffic-Protect Coastal Zone
Come to a Public Hearing on Wed. June 23, at 391 Lukens Drive Riveredge Industrial Park, New Castle, DE6:00 pm
For more information call Green Delaware 834.3466 or Civic Health Alliance 656-8513
We are deeply grateful for the help of folk around the world in defeating other incinerators. Thank you again for your interest.
Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller
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