Delaware Gov. Carper threatening veto of incinerator bill
Port Penn, DE. April 18, 2000. Dozens of organizations and thousands of individuals throughout Delaware and surrounding states have worked for years to protect themselves from the health hazards and other problems caused by incineration ("Waste to energy" and other more appealing terms are often used for incineration.) Delaware has the highest cancer death rate of any US state, and studies have shown that to live near an incinerator is to have a greater risk of cancer. A leading supporter of incinerators in Delaware has been Governor Thomas Carper, who is nearing the end of his second and last term and is running for the US Senate.
Senate Bill 280, banning new incinerators within three miles of the property boundary of a residence, residential community, church, school, park, or hospital, has passed the General Assembly and is on Governor Carper's desk. Carper has until midnight on Monday, April 24, to sign SB 280, veto it, or allow it to become law without his signature. The full text of the bill is available from Green Delaware or on the web at http://Aosta.State.de.us/Lis/LIS140.nsf/e807416658f4f20885256879006e1ad4/e0e 027a43562bf7e852568b2004ec962/$FILE/Legis.html
CARPER HAS WITHDRAWN HIS PROMISE TO SIGN SB 280. While spokesperson Anthony Farina previously told Green Delaware "the governor will sign the bill," Farina now says "the Governor is reviewing his options." Senator Dave McBride, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 280, fears Carper may veto his bill, and has issued a letter, along with Sen. Dorinda Connor, urging people to call the Governor's office. McBride wrote in an email "It is for many reasons that we need SB 280, but perhaps most importantly, it is for our children and our children's children that we take these actions!"
What could be more ironic that, as Earth Day approaches, Delaware's governor might veto a bill so clearly needed to protect the health of Delawareans.
PLEASE CONTACT GOV. CARPER NOW
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