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Alert #55

Incinerator legislation update and Action Alert–Call Gov. Carper: 
Hang in there, big victory over incineration looms......

Port Penn, DE. March 22, 2000. Senate Bill 280 passed the Delaware Senate on Thurs., March 16. It was considered and then tabled by the House Land Use and Infrastructure Committee (Chair: Rep. Cathcart) on Wed. March 22. The Committee will take up the bill again on March 29th, and it will be debated in the House of Representatives on March 30th. (Subject to change.)

SB280 is in many ways a good bill, thanks to the many calls and emails sent to legislators and Governor Carper, the many who came out to public meetings, and the hard work of Sen's McBride, Connor, and others. 

The key provisions are a "three mile ban" that applies throughout the state with some exceptions. There are problems, and bills are more likely to get weaker than to get stronger on their way thought the legislative process, so CONTINUED ACTION IS NEEDED.

Governor Carper, an incurable incinerator supporter, has said he "supports" the bill but wants to put in a "sunset" provision. This means the incinerator ban would expire after some time (unspecified at this point) and Delaware would again be fair game for incinerators. Spokesperson Phil Cherry told us he intends to lobby representatives for this change.

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL GOVERNOR CARPER: 302.764.7478 (home), 302.577.3215, (office) pcherry@state.de.us, tcarper@state.de.us, Tell him the people deserve PERMANENT protection against incinerators. NO SUNSET PROVISION. MAKE THE BILL STRONGER NOT WEAKER

Another amendment would allow burning of chicken poop on farms, and, due to a wording problem, could allow a big "poultry waste" (dead chicken) burner. Sen. Bunting has indicates he is willing to have his amendment changed to fix these issues.

The definitions would exclude "...materials that are of uniform and known composition if they are produced as byproducts of processes under the direct control of the operator of the incinerator." This is intended to exclude from the law a petroleum coke burner being built at Motive refinery, but we think it's too big a loophole. Green Delaware would like to add [... and on the same site as the incinerator] to make sure that (say) Motiva (or Philpower?) couldn't haul in waste to burn from out of state.

PLEASE CALL/EMAIL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVE, and Chairman Cathcart, 302.739.4391 (office), 302.378.7104 (home), Rcathcart@legis.state.de.us. Ask them to work with Green Delaware to make these changes. 

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

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