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Philpower Incinerator Saga

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COMMUNITY MEETING TO PHIGHT PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

PHILPOWER INCINERATOR THREATENS HEALTH OF BEAR COMMUNITIES

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY LOBBYIST PROMOTES PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE BETTER HEARD

FLASH: PHILPOWER WITHDRAWS APPEAL

PHILPOWER INCINERATOR APPEAL THREATENS

PHILPOWER INCINERATOR THREAT

DELAWARE DENIES COASTAL ZONE PERMIT FOR INCINERATOR

PHIGHTING THE CARPER/PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

CALLS AND EMAILS NEEDED TO KEEP PERMIT RECORD OPEN

QUICK UPDATE ON THE PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

PFIGHTING PHILPOWER

HELP STOP THE PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

DEL. OFFICIALS IGNORE LAW, MOVE TO ALLOW INCINERATOR IN COASTAL ZONE

FLASH: PHILPOWER WITHDRAWS APPEAL

Date: 20 Oct. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

FLASH Philpower withdraws appeal--no hearing Thursday Oct. 21st. Is Philpower dead??

We were notified by the State this afternoon that Philpower has withdrawn its appeal.

We have not been able to reach Philpower for comment, but with the organizing that's been done to keep Philpower out of other sites in the City of Wilmington, this probably signals the end of this incinerator scheme in Northern Delaware, or, hopefully, anywhere.

Several weeks ago we briefed the freeholders of Salem County, NJ about Philpower, and this yielded a highly visible story in the local paper (Today's Sunbeam). We also understand that Philpower has been told to stay away by Pocomoke City, MD.

We are very grateful for the support of friends and colleagues, some far from Delaware, who have sent emails and otherwise helped. It's not easy to find a formula for effective environmental action in a place as industry controlled as DE. We couldn't do it without your help!

Also, apologies to those few people who have gotten unwanted emails from Green Delaware.

Alan Muller

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PHILPOWER INCINERATOR APPEAL THREATENS

Date: 19 Oct. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Green Delaware Urgent Action Alert # 41

Carper/Philpower Incinerator Still a Threat--Permit Denial
Appealed--Hearing Thursday October 21st, 2:00

(For more info contact Green Delaware, 834-3466, greendel@dca.net)

                (Please Post)

        MAKE CALLS - SEND EMAILS - ATTEND THE HEARING

Port Penn, DE, Oct. 18, 1999.  On Aug. 25th Delaware denied Philpower Corp. a Coastal Zone permit for an incinerator at Pigeon Point near Wilmington and New Castle, DE. Philpower's appeal will be heard at the Buena Vista Conference Center on Rte 13, by the Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board, which can overrule DNREC and grant a permit. None of the members of the Coastal Zone Board live in the "Route 9 Corridor," or have a record of concern for environmental and public health.  The Chair of the Board, Christine Waisanen, formerly represented Imperial Chemical Industries and the US Chamber of Commerce.  Former Gov. Russ Peterson, father of the Coastal Zone Act, asked the Del. Senate not to confirm Gov. Carper's nominees to the Board because they all represented industrial interests.

The incinerator, if built, would dump thousands of pounds per day of health damaging air pollutants into already stressed and polluted neighborhoods. The burner would be just upwind of Salem County, New Jersey.  Salem County is an unhealthy place to live, partly due to toxic air pollution from Delaware.

The office of Atty. General Jane Brady--likely Republican candidate for Governor--will represent the state against Philpower.  When queried about the case, Keith Trostle, Deputy Atty. General in charge, said: "... I am hostile to you Mr. Muller ... I don't represent you ... in my opinion you are not a party ... I don't have time for this crap ... [Green Delaware is] ... a disgrace." Asked if he knew who had made the legal arguments against Philpower at the original hearing (Green Del. did) Trostle refused
to answer.   Which side is Trostle on?   Which side is the AG on?

Please call or email the people below, making these points (Green Delaware will pay for long distance calls about Philpower): 

o  The hearing should be changed to an evening time when working people can go;
o  The public must be allowed to testify;
o  Green Delaware is a "party" to the appeal proceeding;
o  A permit for Philpower would be against Delaware law;
o  If a permit is granted, an "environmental justice" complaint will be made against the state.

                Coastal Zone Board members:

        Christine Waisanen, Chair, [former chemical industry] 302.428.0305
        Donald Verrico [chemical industry] 302.731.9825 Victor Singer
        [former aerospace industry, N. C. City. Planning Comm.],  302.366.8768
        Daryl Minott ["economic development"], 302.577.8477
        Michael Scuse [Kent County Planning Comm.], 302.653.4450
        John Allen [Sussex Cty. Planning Comm.],  302.422.5187
        Jefferson Reed [Pres., Delmarva Trucking Co.], 302.674.3064
        George Collins [farmer, Sussex Cty. Council], 302.875.3091
        J.  Paul Bell [home builder, former FBI], 302.697.1545 (H)  697.0692 (W)

Jane Brady, Atty. General, 302.577.8400, 302.739.4211 (Dover)
         (Attorney.General@State.DE.US)
Governor Carper, Office 302.577.3210 Home 302.764.7478 (Wilmington)
        (pcherry@gov.state.de.us)

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PHILPOWER INCINERATOR THREAT - SEPT. 30

Date: 29 Sept. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 30th. at 11:30:
Leafleting and demonstrating to alert Wilmington people to the
Philpower incinerator threat

BACKGROUND:

In spite of the denial of a Coastal Zone permit for Philpower, they persist:

Philpower have appealed the permit denial (the appeal goes to an Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board packed with anti-enviro types by Governor Thomas Carper). Hearing Oct. 21 at 2 pm at Buck Library in Buena Vista Conference Center, 661 So. DuPont Highway (This is a few minutes south of Wilmington Delaware.)

Philpower are also seeking locations in the City of Wilmington--these locations are not in the Coastal Zone. (Details in attachment.)

ACTION:

Tomorrow we will hand out leaflets on Market Street Mall in Wilmington DE, and have a small vigil/demonstration. We are meeting in front of the Grand Opera House at 11:30. Please join us if you can.

(We did this very successfully on Saturday at the "DuPont Riverfest." 400 people received handouts; many of these were parents of young children who were unaware of the Philpower incinerator threat to their health.

I'm attaching a Microsoft Word file of the handout. This is something of an experiment; apologies to any for whom receiving an attachment is a problem. Suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Alan

Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
(302)834-3466
fax (302)836-3005
greendel@dca.net
http://members.dca.net/greendel/

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DELAWARE DENIES COASTAL ZONE PERMIT 
FOR INCINERATOR

Date: 25 Aug. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

 Port Penn, Delaware, August 25, 1999. This afternoon Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale wrote Philpower Corporation a letter denying them a Coastal Zone permit for their proposed waste wood burner on the grounds that the proposed facility is an incinerator, and thus not allowable in the Coastal Zone. DiPasquale would not immediately provide a copy of the letter, saying "we are closed for business." With regard to public input to DNREC, he said "I don't know that it was overwhelming." He did not want to discuss the ruling in detail, noting that it could be appealed. Philpower could not immediately be reached for comment.

 We have little doubt that an effective groundswell of public opposition prevented Philpower from getting this permit.

 We in Green Delaware offer our sincere thanks to colleagues throughout Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and extending as far as Poland. Many people worked together in solidarity to achieve this goal. A partial list of Philpower opponents includes (in no particular order): Green Delaware, Sierra Club, Delaware Citizens for Clean Air,
Delaware Audubon Society, Delaware Ornithological Society, Clean Air Council (Philadelphia), League of Women Voters of Delaware, New Jersey Environmental Federation, Pennsylvania Environmental Network, New Jersey Environmental Lobby, Trustees of New Castle Common, Delaware Nature Society, Wilmington River-City Committee, 7 and 40 Alliance, Grassroots Environmental Organization (New Jersey), Protect Our Children's Health, Mayor and Council of New Castle, NJ/NY Environmental Watch, Clean Water Action, Coalition for Peace and Justice, Environmental Response Network (Seaville NJ), Stockton Peace Action, Richard Stockton College (Pomona NJ), Concerned Citizens of Pennsville/Salem County, Green Party of Delaware, Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle Visitors` Bureau, Reform Party of Delaware, Minquadale Civic Association, Symonds Gardens Civic Association, Rosegate Civic Association, Collins Park Civic Association, Eden-Hamilton Park Civic Association, Holloway Terrace Civic Improvement Association, Waterfront Watch -Wilmington. 

 The fight's not over. Philpower might appeal, and misguided City of Wilmington officials are actually ENCOURAGING Philpower to locate in a polluted low income area in their city. (This proposed location is not in the Coastal Zone.)

Best regards,
Alan Muller

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Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
(302)834-3466
fax (302)836-3005
greendel@dca.net
http://members.dca.net/greendel/

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PHIGHTING THE CARPER/PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

Date: 23 Aug. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

CALLS, EMAILS, AND DEMONSTRATORS NEEDED

Green Delaware Urgent Action Alert # 39

Phighting the Carper/Philpower Incinerator

Delaware Officials to "act in some manner on the Philpower application by close of business on Tuesday, August 24, 1999"

CALLS, EMAILS, AND DEMONSTRATORS NEEDED

 Port Penn, DE August 20, 1999. Philpower Corp. 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 is also looking at another site in the City of Wilmington. City officials are waffling about whether they want an incinerator.) Philpower, without scrubbers, would dump thousands of pounds per day of air pollutants into already polluted neighborhoods. The Pigeon Point site is in the Del. Coastal
Zone and would be an obvious violation of Delaware law banning incinerators in the Zone. Either site would be an extreme example of environmental injustice.

 Organizations throughout Delaware and the region oppose Philpower, but Delaware officeholders and officials often ignore public opinion and conspire with polluters. Public hearings are regarded as an opportunity for people to let off steam, after which permits are approved on narrow technical grounds. A likely scenario in the Philpower case is an opinion from the office of anti-environment Atty. General (and candidate for Governor) Jane Brady saying the incinerator is not an incinerator. TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN, WE NEED TO WE NEED TO KEEP THE PRESSURE ON. let Delaware officials that the people won't tolerate Philpower. Please contact:

Governor Thomas Carper Office 302.577.3210 Home 302.764.7478
(Wilmington)
 (pcherry@gov.state.de.us)

Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale: Office 302.739.4403 Home
302.697.3320 (Dover)
 (NDiPasquale@state.de.us)

Atty. General Jane Brady Office 302.577.8400
 (Attorney.General@State.DE.US)

(Please make clear that you (1) want a written reply, and (2) hold the official responsible for keeping out Philpower.

 On Monday, Aug. 23rd, at 11:45, we will gather in front of the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, to leaflet and visit the Governor's Office. On Tuesday, Aug. 24th, we will visit the Dept. of Natural Resources in Dover, DE, to make our feelings known. PLEASE JOIN US IF YOU CAN.

Thanks to all those who have responded to previous messages. 

For more information, or to sign on, contact Green Delaware, greendel@dca.net, 302.834.3466

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CALLS AND EMAILS NEEDED TO KEEP PERMIT RECORD OPEN

Date: 16 Aug. 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Green Delaware Urgent Action Alert # 38

State of Delaware Seeks to Exclude Community Input on Philpower Incinerator Permit

CALLS AND EMAILS NEEDED TO KEEP RECORD OPEN

 Port Penn, DE August 16, 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 is also looking at another site in the City of Wilmington.) This incinerator would put out thousands of pounds per day of new air pollutants into already polluted neighborhoods. The proposed incinerator is in the Delaware Coastal Zone and would be an obvious violation of Delaware law banning incinerators in the Coastal Zone. Nevertheless, the incinerator has been promoted by many Delaware officials, including Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale.

 Philpower seeks a Coastal Zone Permit. A public hearing was held on June 23, 1999, (state officials had turned off the air conditioning) at which dozens of people testified against the incinerator. Hearing Officer Rod Thompson then gave the public until July 6rd (later extended until July 20th) to submit questions to Philpower, and gave Philpower until July 16th (later extended until July 30th) to respond. The public was then to have ten more days to submit final responses to the state. Green Delaware did not receive Philpower's response in a complete form until August 9th. We then contacted state officials to request until Aug. 20th to provide responses from Green Delaware and civic and community organizations. Without listening to us, Hearing Officer Rod Thompson issued a letter setting the final deadline on Saturday, August 14th. We finally heard from Mr. Thompson on Monday, August 16th. Hostile, Thompson claimed he chose that date at the request of Dick Fleming of the Delaware Nature Society. Thompson claimed not to have noticed that the date was a Saturday, but said the effective date was Monday. He said he had much more important things to deal with than Philpower and hung up. Secretary DiPasquale and many others are on vacation. 

 Thompson had previously written: "I believe the best course is to develop the record as fully as possible not rather than to proceed with incomplete information." What changed? These maneuvers strike us as an obvious attempt to force this permit through at a time when many people are on vacation. It is typical of the servility to business interests and contempt for communities, environment, and health that is so much a part of the administration of Gov. Thomas Carper. 

 Please call/email the following people, and ask that the Philpower Coastal Zone record be held open until at least August 20 to enable the public to participate:

Governor Thomas Carper Office: 302.577.3210 Home: 302.764.7478
(Wilmington) (Email: ssnyder@state.de.us)

Acting Natural Resources Secretary Mary MacKenzie: 302.739.4403
(Dover) (Email: ndipasquale@dnrec.state.de.us)

Regards,
Alan

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Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
(302)834-3466
fax (302)836-3005
http://members.dca.net/greendel/

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QUICK UPDATE ON THE PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

Date: 30 Jun 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Senate Bill 225, intended to make clear that an incinerator is an incinerator, passed the Delaware Senate today on a vote of 19 to 2. (The pro-incinerator Senators were Harris McDowell and Robert Venables.) Now, the bill must be passed by the Delaware House of Representatives and be signed by the Governor. Tomorrow, Wednesday, is the LAST DAY the General Assembly will meet.

No media interviewed me about this; I don't know if there was/will be any coverage......

Much has been accomplished in a short time. PLEASE make a final effort now to call Governor Tom Carper (Office 302.577.3210, Home 302.764.7478) and your Delaware State Representative. Ask him or her to sign on as a sponsor of SB225 and work for its passage.

Alan

Alan Muller, Executive Director
Green Delaware
Box 69
Port Penn, DE 19731 USA
(302)834-3466
fax (302)836-3005
http://members.dca.net/greendel/

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GREEN DELAWARE ALERT # 38: PFIGHTING PHILPOWER

Date: 29 Jun 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Help Fight a Delaware Incinerator
Green Delaware Alert # 38: Pfighting Philpower
Update on the Campaign to Stop the Incinerator--Senate Bill 225

Port Penn, DE, June 29, 1999. Delawareans, supported by people and organizations throughout the region, are fighting to keep out a waste wood burning incinerator that could add thousands of pounds per day of air pollutants to already threatened neighborhoods. (Incinerators are banned in this part of Delaware, but the administration of Gov. Thomas Carper is ignoring the law.) The small amount of incinerator-produced electricity would be purchased by Connectiv, a high-pollution utility that would probably market this "incinerator pollution power" as "green."

A June 23rd public hearing was a triumph for Philpower opponents. Over 100 people attended, including reps of numerous civic organizations, the City of New Castle, and environmental advocates from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. The mood of was captured by local resident Ivy Cochran, who said that in a past controversy residents had blocked roads with baby coaches, and would do so again to keep out Philpower. Philpower President Wayne Coverdale apologized to Green Delaware Ex. Dir. Alan Muller for threats to sue. Even N. C. Vasuki of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, Delaware's best known incinerator supporter, said in a phone
interview that  "It is not an allowed project in the Coastal Zone and should not be considered." The Wilmington News Journal opposed Philpower in an editorial. Supporters of Philpower include recently appointed Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale, who did not return several phone calls, and his Coastal Zone Act Administrator Dennis Brown. Another supporter is State Senator Harris McDowell, who sells "combustion systems."  McDowell says people living near incinerators receive a benefit: "They save on housing costs because of reduced property values."

Senate Bill 225, authored by State Senator Dave McBride, would make clear that any waste burner is an incinerator. With enough public support, this bill could pass before the Delaware General Assembly adjourns on June 30th. 

ACTIONS NEEDED:

Call Howard Cosgrove, CEO of Connectiv (Office 302.429.3204, Home
302.427.8619)
 Tell him not to buy Philpower's brown electricity.

Call Wayne Coverdale, President of Philpower (Office 910.392.7690, Home
 910.792.5619)
 Ask him to withdraw Philpower's permit applications and "stay out of  Delaware."

Call Governor Thomas Carper (Office 302.577.3210, Home 302.764.7478)
 (ssnyder@state.de.us)
 Ask him to enforce existing laws against incinerators, and to support and sign SB225.

If you live in Delaware, call you state senator and representative. Ask them to support Senate Bill 225.

Come to Legislative Hall, Dover, DE, on June 29th and 30th to help pass Senate Bill 225.

For more information call Green Delaware (302.834.3466, greendel@dca.net,
http://members.dca.net/greendel/) or the Civic Health Alliance, 302.656.8513

(Green Delaware will pay for long distance calls about Philpower)

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HELP STOP THE PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

Date: 22 Jun 1999
From: Green Delaware {greendel@dca.net}

Green Delaware Urgent Action Alert # 37
HELP STOP THE PHILPOWER INCINERATOR

(Flash: Philpower/Tennessee Power Co. threaten Green Delaware--see below)

(Flash: Press conference, Legislative Hall, Dover, DE, June 23rd, noon)

(Flash: Public Hearing Wed. June 23, 6:00, New Castle, DE--see below)

(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: Monday, 21 Jun 1999 13:24:15 -0400
From: Michael Knauff {tpco@earthlink.net}
To: Alan Muller {GreenDel@dca.net}
Subject: Defamation

I have recommended that Philpower sue you for defamation on the basis of
what has been posted on your web site and the misleading information you
have promulgated regarding Philpower's New Castle Project.

Michael Knauff Tennessee Power Company

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 WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

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

 Michael Peek, Ex. Vice President Office 615.754.8722

 Michael Knauff, Vice President Office 423.624.0852
Home 423.698.2647
 (Also heads Tennessee Power Company) (email {tpco@earthlink.net})

 A. Lawrence Sherman, Esq., Secretary Office 606.254.9398
Home 606.278.4210

Call Babcock & Brown - the New York money people for this project (Office 212.415.0200) and say they should not finance environmental injustice.

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

 Tom Gordon, County Executive Office 395-5100 Home 239-9019
 (tgordon@co.new-castle.de.us)

 State Rep. Mike Mulrooney Home 322-1249

 Governor Thomas Carper Office 577-3210 Home 764-7478
 (ssnyder@state.de.us)

 Nat. Resources Secy. Nick DiPasquale Office 739-4403
(ndipasquale@state.de.us)

"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, DE 6:00 pm (call 302.395.2600, or GD, for directions)

For more information call Green Delaware 834.3466 or Civic Health Alliance 
656-8513 http://members.dca.net/greendel/
greendel@dca.net

(We are deeply grateful for the help of folk around the world in defeating other incinerators. Thank you again for your interest.)

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DE OFFICIALS IGNORE LAW, 
MOVE TO ALLOW INCINERATOR IN COASTAL ZONE
Actions Needed Immediately to Protect Communities

GREEN DELAWARE ALERT #34

Date: 15 Jun 1999
From: Alan Muller {amuller@dca.net}

For more info contact Green Del., 302.834.3466,
greendel@dca.net

Port Penn, DE, June 15, 1999. Apologies for the excessive length of this
Alert. There is a lot of information and little time. See Green Delaware
Alert #29, Sept 10, 1998, "Another Waste Burner Proposed for Pigeon Point,"
for the history of this issue up to that point.

KEY UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wed. June 16, 6:30, at the Rose Hill Community Center on Lambson Lane. 6:30.
A representative of the incinerator will talk. So will Green Delaware and
the Civic Health Alliance. PLEASE COME AND EXPRESS YOUR VIEWS. (Call
302.656.8513 for directions.)

Wed, June 23, DNREC offices in Riveredge Industrial Park, 391 Lukens Drive
in New Castle, DE, 6:00. Public Hearing on Coastal Zone Permit for the
incinerator. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND. (Call 302.395.2600 for directions.)

SEE "HOW YOU CAN HELP" on page 3

In June 1998 incinerators were banned by law in Delaware's Coastal Zone.
Much support for the ban was based on terrible experiences with an
incinerator at Pigeon Point, near the Delaware River between New Castle and
Wilmington, Delaware. Now, less than a year later, Delaware officials are
moving to issue permits for ANOTHER incinerator at Pigeon Point. They, like
promoters Philpower Corp., claim its really a "power plant." This is exactly
the same reason used to issue permits for the infamous Delaware Solid Waste
Authority incinerator at Pigeon Point.

EMISSIONS The proposed incinerator would burn about 482 million pounds per
year of "waste wood, demolition waste and yard waste." About 6000 (2100 in a
later application) tons of this combustible waste would be stored on site at
all times. The burner would run day and night, putting out up to 1,365,600
(1.4 million) pounds per year of health-threatening air pollutants (such as
carbon monoxide, ammonia, nitrogen oxides and toxic metals) from it's
smokestack. In addition, waste fuel would be ground up in giant grinders,
putting out up to 2.4 million pounds of dust ("particulate matter") each
year. OVERALL, THE INCINERATOR COULD PUT OUT OVER TEN THOUSAND POUNDS PER
DAY OF AIR POLLUTANTS. If the fuel arrived by truck, about 66 20 ton
truckloads a day could arrive, increasing traffic noise, dust, and
cancer-causing diesel exhaust.

WASTE TO BE BURNED The promoters say "clean wood" but the permit
applications say up to 5 percent (2.4 million pounds per year) could be
treated with creosote, pentaclorophenol, arsenic, chromium, and other toxic
and cancer-causing materials. Up to 20 percent (96 million pounds per year)
could be "... foreign matter (nails, staples, metal brackets, plastic,
etc.)" The "construction" and "demolition" debris can be expected to also
include lead paint, asbestos and other harmful materials.

HEALTH HAZARDS According to the Environmental Defense Fund "scorecard,"
based on Environmental Protection Agency data, in New Castle County DE the
average individual's added cancer risk from "hazardous air pollutants" is
460 times the acceptable level (according to the Clean Air Act) and 27th
worst in the US. The average individual's noncancer hazard index was 18
times higher than it should be, and 86th worst in the US. (Salem County NJ,
where a lot of Delaware pollution goes, is 5th and 2nd worst in the US.)
Delaware has the highest cancer death rate of any state, and many other bad
public health problems. The site of the proposed incinerator is among the
most polluted and unhealthy parts of this polluted and unhealthy county. The
nearby neighborhoods are relatively low income and under stress in other
ways. To add ten thousand pounds per day of health threatening air
pollutants to this already bad situation would be a classic example of
"environmental injustice."

INCINERATOR TO BUILT FROM USED AND SCRAP EQUIPMENT "In order to provide a
more cost-effective and timely project, refurbished, remanufactured, or
unused equipment from the secondary market...will be utilized as much as
possible."

THE BURNER COULD BE EXPANDED Philpower has leased 15 acres for "Philpower
1." "Philpower Corporation holds an option on a additional 60 acres at the
site ... to provide additional flexibility in expanding the plant site in
the future."

WHO OWNS PHILPOWER CORPORATION? W. Wayne Coverdale, President, lives in
Tennessee. Secretary A. Lawrence Sherman lives in Kentucky. Ex. Vice
President Thomas Michael Peek lives in Tennessee. James Mark Mogen,
Treasurer, lives in Tennessee. (Addresses and phone numbers not disclosed.)
Philpower is represented by "Law Office of Judson Shutt," 167 Conestoga
Road, Wayne, PA. Phone 610.688.5993

DELAWARE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS AND PRESS BIASED IN FAVOR OF INCINERATOR

DNREC and other state officials met with Philpower in January 1998. The
public was not notified. (DNREC has a "Development Advisory Service" to help
polluters get permits.)

Coastal Zone Administrator Dennis Brown stated on WILM radio in September
1998 that such an incinerator could be permitted as a power plant.

(After Green Delaware issued Alert #29, WILM Radio contacted promoters of
the project, and state officials, but did not contact us. The Wilmington
"Stooge" Journal blacked out the story because, they said, it came from
Green Delaware and not "official sources." WDEL Radio and the Delaware State
News ignored the story. Will media bias continue?)

In internal correspondence DNREC has always referred to a "wood gasification
steam driven cogeneration plant" (March 5, 1999 memo from Paul Janiga),
"resource recovery permit," (Feb. 24, 1999 email from James Short) etc., a
"new power plant," etc.

DNREC officials claim to have an opinion from the office of Atty. General
Jane Brady about whether the Philpower project is an incinerator but won't
reveal it. (Atty. General Brady, a strong supporter of industrial polluters
and likely candidate for Governor of Delaware, did not return a call from
Green Delaware.)

DNREC Hearing Officer Rod Thompson has written to Green Delaware, asking
that we "supply your objections or areas of concern to me and the Applicant
by June 16th." [In order that Philpower may be prepared to refute them and a
permit be granted more quickly].

DNREC officials have admitted to Green Delaware that they have decided the
incinerator isn't an incinerator, and they plan to issue permits unless
there is extraordinary public opposition.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Attend the meeting on June 16th and the public hearing on June 23rd.

Call Governor Carper's Office (302.577.3210), and send him an email
(ssnyder@state.de.us) Call Natural Resources Secretary Nick DiPasquale
(302.739.4403), and send him an email (ndipasqualr@state.de.us). Say the
Philpower proposal is unacceptable because it is an incinerator in the
Coastal Zone, it would threaten community health, and there are better ways
to manage waste than incineration.

Contact Philpower Corporation (601.688.5993, fax 610.688.5994). Let them
know how you feel about their project.

If you live in Delaware, contact your Senator, Representative, and County
Council person. Let them know how you feel about Philpower, and that you
want legislation to clarify what is an incinerator.

Write a letter to the editor, call a radio talk show.

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