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Alert #67

Gov. Carper, Poultry Industry Attempt to Weaken Incinerator Ban

Calls and Emails needed

Remember that people from all over Delaware stuck together on SB 280
and we need to stick together now!

Passage of Senate Bill, protecting all of Delaware from new large incinerators, was a remarkable victory for health and quality of life in Delaware. Nobody should be surprised that efforts are underway to roll us back. Especially, no one should be surprised that these efforts are associated with Gov. Tom Carper and the Allen's Family Foods poultry company. The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission is planning to pass a resolution on Tuesday, May 9th, endorsing incineration of chicken poop ("poultry litter.") The resolution, directed to the General Assembly, would then be used to support a law ROLLING BACK Senate Bill 280. The resolution will contain some token statements about the technology needing to be demonstrated elsewhere (to whose satisfaction?).

WE NEED YOU TO CALL THE MEMBERS OF THE NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT COMMISSION, YOUR LEGISLATOR, AND GOVERNOR CARPER tonite and tomorrow morning.
(Green Delaware will pay for calls about incineration)

Points:

    o Many accommodations to the poultry industry were made in SB 280,
    including exceptions for small incinerators on farms. We also said we
    would look closely at any chicken poop incinerator operated elsewhere, and
    claimed to be environmentally beneficial.

    o Many better ways to deal with excess poultry litter are appearing,
    including different approaches to "relocation" (to where it can
    appropriately be used as fertilizer) and conversion into soil amendments,
    etc. There is no need for incineration.

    o Such a resolution now is a double-cross of the people of Delaware and
    will inflame opinion against the poultry industry.

    o Incinerators do not "convert" anything into electricity. The total
    amount of ash, greenhouse gases, and air pollutants is several times more
    than the waste originally burned.

    o Other chicken poop incinerators emit millions of pounds per year of
    health-threatening air pollutants. For example, the FibroWatt poultry
    litter burner in Thetford England has a permit allowing it to put out about
    5195520 pounds/per year of health-threatening air pollutants like
    particulates and carbon monoxide, plus dioxin, mercury, cadmium, arsenic,
    and so on. Burning chicken poop would trade water pollution for air pollution.

    o Allen's wants to build it's first burner in Hurlock, MD, near the
    Delaware state line. Apparently this will be very difficult because people
    in Hurlock think they have enough air pollution already. Do the people of
    Delaware need more air pollution?

    o Chx Engineering (Presque Isle, MI) is the company wanting to build the
    Allen's Foods poop burners. Mr. Robert Graham, President of CHx, told
    Green Delaware his company had never designed nor built a poop burner. He
    was unable to provide any figures on emissions. The burner would be an
    experiment on our lungs.

Members of the "Nutrient Management Commission:"
(all numbers are area code 302)

Bill Vanderwende, Chair, 349-4423 (home), 349-9404 (fax)
David Baker, 378.3750, 420.4865 (mobile)
Edwin Brown, 645-5141 (home), 227-2053 (work)
Steve Corazza, 653-6507 (home), 653-3583 (work)
David Devine, 539-7119 (home), 436-8277 (work)
Carlton Fifer, 697-7031 (home), 697-2141 (work)
Jeremy Homer, 678-3262 (home)
John Hughes, 739-4411 (work)
David Jones, 422-7853 (home), 422-8017 (work)
Tony Keen 684-3196
Connie Larimore 398-8304
Dale Ockels 684-0404 (home), 684-0456 (work)
Brian Schilling 934-7684
Carl Solberg 492-1225 (home), 744-2471 (work) (represents Sierra Club)
Charles West, II 238-0137 (home)

Contact Governor Carper: ("no weakening of SB 280")

Dover office 302.739.4101
Wilmington office: 302. 577.3210
Dover Office: 302.739.4101
Email: pcherry@state.de.us, and/or ssnyder@state.de.us

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.

Call CHx Engineering, 517.595.9947. Tell Mr Graham we don't want him
experimenting on our lungs.

The Delaware Nutrient Management Commission will meet in Dover, Delaware, at 7:00 on Tuesday, April 9th, at the Delaware Department of Agriculture. If you can, please plan to attend to speak out against incineration.

For directions call 302.739.4811, or 1.800.282.8685.

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

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