Incinerator cranks out pollutionNo incinerator is “green,” and this one is certainly not getting “greener” (R-E, June 10).
By: Alan Muller, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
No incinerator is “green,” and this one is certainly not getting “greener” (R-E, June 10).
According to data on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Web site, this burner reported emitting 81,373 pounds of health-damaging “criteria” air pollutants in 2007. The number for 2006 was 57,155 pounds.
Doesn’t sound like “greener” to me.
The real numbers are worse that this. For example, in 2005 the Red Wing burner also reported emitting 11,738 pounds of hydrochloric acid and likely at least this much came out in 2006 and 2007. (The reports are not complete for every year.)
The burner also emits cancer-causing heavy metals such as arsenic and cadmium, the neurotoxin mercury, and dioxins.
These air pollutants cause cancer, asthma, bronchitis, strokes and heart attacks, birth defects, reduced intelligence in children, and many other health problems.
I am sure the Red Wing officials who originally built the burner acted in good faith and sincerely thought it was a good idea. But the time has come to admit a mistake and shut it down.
Garbage incineration makes no sense economically, environmentally, or morally. Red Wing should focus its waste management resources on a serious “zero waste” program.