Last minute attack on Incinerator Bill by "Allen Family Foods"
Port Penn, DE. April 11, 2000. In Alert #60, we noted that while the incinerator bill, Senate Bill 280, is almost a done deal, last minute attacks are possible. Such an attack has been launched by Allen's Family Foods "The Quality Chicken People," of Seaford Delaware.
Because the House and the Senate did not pass identical versions of SB 280, the bill must return to the Senate to be passed again. This should be a formality, BUT:
o Allen's wants to amend SB 280 in the Senate to let them build big chicken manure incinerators designed by CHx Engineering of Presque Isle, Michegan Allens says they are interested in building 2 in Delaware and 1 in Maryland.
o The proposed CHx technology is interesting, but has never been used commercially to burn manure. In fact, the plants have not yet been designed.
o Both Allen's and CHx claim the burners would make the air cleaner (by reducing oil burning) but can't provide any data to support such claims. In fact, they seem to only be promising to "comply" with existing air pollution regulations. These regulations could allow millions of pounds per year of air pollutants to be emitted.
o Allen's first burner project is proposed for Hurlock, Maryland, and would not be directly effected by Senate Bill 280. Green Delaware has told the promoters that if such a plant was built we would watch it's performance with great interest.
o While Allen's is using rhetoric about the "survival" of their company and industry, other poultry producers such as Purdue aren't pushing incineration. Nor is the Delaware Farm Bureau.
o The Delmarva Peninsula poultry industry makes about 720,000 tons per year of "poultry litter." The proposed burner in Hurlock would burn about 6 percent of it (40,000 t/y).
o If the Senate amends SB 280 to humor Allen's, the bill would have to return to the House yet again........
PLEASE DO THIS NOW:
Call Allen's Family Foods, 302.629.9136, and tell them that YOUR FAMILY will avoid buying Allen's chicken if Allen's weakens Senate Bill 280.
Contact your senator and representative. Say you don't want ANY CHANGES to Senate Bill 280. (Previous emails have the email addresses of Delaware legislators)
(Green Delaware will pay for long distance calls about incinerators.)
Look for more details in upcoming Green Delaware News. (C) Alan Muller
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This page was last updated on April 20, 2000.