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.
"My grandfather passed away from cancer using similar products that we use [in our autobody shop] on a daily basis."
"My younger sister has Aspergers."
For about a decade, two common sense pieces of legislation that would protect our health from toxic chemicals and keep computers and TVs out of the trash have been languishing before the Massachusetts legislature. We need all Massachusetts state legislators and Governor Deval Patrick to do everything possible to make sure that these bills are voted on and pass this session.
The fine particle pollution from diesel emissions shortens the lives of an estimated 21,000 people nationwide and 2 million worldwide every year. The Massachusetts Diesel Coalition is committed to reducing the health risks and global warming impacts from diesel pollution, calling on government and private institutions like hospitals and universities to create plans for reducing emissions from owned and contracted diesel vehicles. This goal would extend and save thousands of lives, improve the health and well being of Massachusetts residents, help mitigate global warming, and yield large economic benefits.
2008 was a banner year for clean energy in Massachusetts. Clean Water Action, our members and local partners helped lead the charge for three new laws that bring great promise to the development of clean energy in our state: the Global Warming Solutions Act, the Green Communities Act, and the Massachusetts Green Jobs Act.