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[GreenYes] Fwd: Urge Senators NO $ incineration/energy
Apologies for any cross-postings - Stephanie

------ Forwarded Message From: "Stephanie C. Davis" <scd18@wastereductionremedies.com>
 Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2002 1:26 PM

FYI the below forwarded email from another listserv.

ACTION ALERT - URGE YOUR SENATORS TO VOTE FOR SENATOR FITZGERALD'S AMENDMENT TO EXCLUDE GARBAGE INCINERATION FROM RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND OPPOSE SENATOR GRAHAMS'S AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE IT!
 
THE MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE INCINERATOR INDUSTRY WANTS TAXPAYER MONEY TO BURN GARBAGE, RELEASING DIOXINS, METALS, AND OTHER TOXIC CHEMICALS INTO THE AIR.
 
THE SENATE MAY VOTE ON THIS AS EARLY AS TUESDAY APRIL 9, SO PLEASE CALL SOON.
 
The municipal solid waste (MSW), or garbage incinerator industry is working hard to classify garbage incineration as a renewable energy source in the Senate energy bill. This dangerous and dirty energy source should not be encouraged by tax breaks and should not count toward a renewable energy standard.
 
 Specifically, the definition of the word "biomass" is unclear, and the MSW
 incinerator industry is lobbying hard to keep it that way so that garbage
 incineration can count toward a renewable standard and be eligible for tax
 credits. Senator Fitzgerald's amendment clarifies this definition to exclude garbage incineration. Senator Graham's amendment specifically includes garbage incineration as a renewable energy source.
 
In another part of the bill (the Finance Committee's tax package), biomass
IS defined to specifically exclude MSW. This is good! Unfortunately, our
opposition may offer an amendment to put MSW incineration back in, making this dangerous energy source eligible for millions and millions of dollars in tax breaks.
 
 Please call your Senators as soon as you can and ask them to:
 
 Oppose all incentives for MSW incineration. MSW incineration should not be encouraged by tax breaks and should not count toward a renewable energy standard.
 
 -Support Senator Fitzgerald's amendment to define biomass to exclude garbage incineration as a renewable energy source.
 
 -Oppose Senator Graham's amendment to specifically include garbage
 incineration as a renewable energy source.
 
 -Oppose all attempts to add incentives for garbage incinerators to the tax
 package.
 
 If you do speak to a staff member who can tell you whether his/her boss  will support Fitzgerald and oppose Graham, please let me know as we are trying to get a vote count!
 
 You can find your senator's contact information by calling the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or on line at www.senate.gov
 
 I am also attaching a fact sheet showing why MSW incineration is so
 dangerous. [contact Julie directly for a copy of that fact sheet].
 
 Thanks for your help! Please forward this far and wide...
 
 Julie Wolk
 Environmental Health Associate
 U.S. Public Interest Research Group
 202-546-9707 ext. 325
 jwolk@pirg.org

Stephanie C. Davis
WASTE REDUCTION REMEDIESSM
510/527-8864
ScD18@WasteReductionRemedies.com


Gary Liss
916-652-7850
Fax: 916-652-0485
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