Thursday, August 18, 2011
Yesterday about a hundred protestors made noise at the official ground-breaking for the massive incinerator which will be burning our garbage before long. It has been dubbed an Energy From Waste project, giving the impression that it is a "win-win" development -- we get rid of our trash and burning it produces energy. Of course it will take energy to make energy and a nuclear power plant is right next door.
In some respects this is a last hurrah for those who object to the project. A number of those who have worked diligently in opposition are members of area churches, convinced, as I am, that an incinerator is not a solution to our waste disposal and will actually degrade the environment rather than improving it. Care for creation was not high on the agenda during the process and even some local politicians, including our mayor, who were elected because of their opposition have been overwhelmed by the juggernaut.
The Toronto Star article yesterday http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1040649--incinerator-party-goers-jeered-by-protesters noted that the company chosen to build and run the incinerator has just been fined $400,000 in the States for emmission and air quality violations. When its poor track record was pointed out during hearings the information was discounted or ignored.
I wrote about all this as the process unfolded and as I attended public meetings. What are your thoughts now? Some of you live directly down wind!