BOSTON - Despite receiving nearly 14,000 messages urging Governor Patrick to retain a 22 year old moratorium on new trash incinerators, the Administration today announced that the Commonwealth is open to incineration developers. MassDEP received only 11 comments in favor of allowing gasification technologies, a form of incineration.
Burn facilities recover only a small amount of energy from garbage while burning resources that could be recycled or composted, creating new businesses and jobs.
The Patrick Administration has proposed to lift the 22-year-old moratorium on more garbage incinerators. The landfills are filling up with things that are easy to recycle or compost—paper, bottles and cans, leaves, and more—and all these materials are already banned from both landfills and incinerators. But instead of enforcing existing waste ban regulations to conserve landfill space, DEP proposes to allow new incinerators to be built. Incinerators, whether old or new, pollute land, air and water, waste energy and resources, and emit more carbon dioxide per megawatt hour than coal. The combustion technologies that the Patrick Administration wants to allow here have been tried and failed in the United States and around the world since World War II.
Tell the Governor that you want him to keep the existing moratorium on building new incinerators.
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