Sierra Club opposes the incineration of PCB-laden tar ponds sludge
These are the reasons why we oppose a PCB incinerator in the CBRM:
✦ No incinerators are available that safely destroy PCBs
✦ Incomplete combustion of PCBs produces dioxins and furans,
among the most deadly toxic materials known to man.
✦ All incinerators fail regularly producing what is called an “upset condition”
✦ During upset conditions, incinerators emit large quantities of pollutants to the surrounding environment.
✦ Incinerators produce concentrated toxic ash which must be disposed of in an expensive hazardous waste landfill.
✦ Both of Canada’s toxic waste incinerators have failed, polluting surrounding communities with dioxins and furans.. (A third incinerator in Belledune, NB has met with fierce community opposition and has not yet completed a test-burn)
✦ CBRM’s biomedical waste incinerator has failed its dioxin emissions tests 3 of the last 4 years. (The province has failed to protect us, and will continue to approve the use of this dangerous incinerator for at least another year.)
✦ “Burn and bury” was the community’s least preferred remediation option.
(as reported by JAG’s community workbook exercise)
✦ The Sydney Tar Ponds Agency has admitted that using a “temporary” or mobile incinerator will allow them to operate under less stringent environmental regulations.
✦ Safe, effective and affordable options are being ignored by the STPA
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