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Philpower Incinerator Saga

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We were notified by the State this afternoon that Philpower has withdrawn its appeal.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 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 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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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 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 SPECIAL ALERT 38: PFIGHTING PHILPOWER

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

Help Fight a Delaware Incinerator
Green Delaware Special Alert: 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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