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[greenyes] URGENT -- Oppose weakening enviro review of incinerators


* * * ACTION ALERT: OPPOSE WEAKENING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWS FOR GARBAGE
INCINERATION! * * *

On Tuesday, the House will vote on the dirty, dangerous energy bill that
would harm consumers, public health and the environment. It leaves
American consumers at the mercy of big power companies and threatens our
coasts and public lands.

In addition, they will be voting on H.R. 4513, the Renewable Energy
Project Siting Improvement Act. H .R. 4513 would significantly weaken
critical environmental review provisions of the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) for a wide range of energy projects. The bill's
intentionally broad definition of "renewable energy" leaves the door
open to weakened reviews for environmentally harmful garbage
incineration, hydroelectric and even oil and gas drilling projects.

This bill severely restricts input of local communities and states in
siting garbage incinerators, and in the development of existing oil and
gas leases in currently protected areas.

We need to urge the House to oppose this bill, which could increase
garbage incineration. This dangerous and expensive source of energy
should not count as a renewable energy source, nor should it be given a
shortened environmental review period. Although the incinerator
industry insists that burning garbage is a safe way to provide energy,
the reality is that garbage incineration produces hazardous pollutants
like dioxin and mercury and would displace important resources for truly
clean energy sources like solar and wind.

Contact your Representative and tell him or her to oppose H.R. 4513,
because would make it easier to build new garbage incinerators and limit
the opportunity for the public to comment on these energy projects.

Take Action

Help stop a new bill in the House of Representatives that would make it
easier to build new garbage incinerators, H.R. 4513. Please call your
Representative TODAY to tell him or her that we should not roll back
environmental reviews for new waste incinerators. . You can reach your
Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.

Sample Rap

"Hi, My name is ______ and I live in _____. I'm calling to urge
Representative _____ to oppose H.R. 4513. This bill would repeal the
heart of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for certain energy
projects, including garbage incinerators, and limit the opportunity for
the public to comment on these energy projects. H.R. 4513's definition
of "renewable energy project" allows garbage incineration, which
releases dioxins, mercury, lead, PCBs, and other harmful chemicals into
the environment, to count as renewable energy. Garbage incineration is
neither clean nor renewable.

Will the Representative oppose H.R. 4513? I urge her/him to vote against
this bill when it is brought to the floor. Thank you for your time."


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
David Wood
Executive Director, GrassRoots Recycling Network
Organizing Director, Computer TakeBack Campaign
210 N. Bassett St., Suite 200
Madison WI 53703
608-255-4800, ext. 100
608-347-7043 (cell)
david@no.address


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