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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Nov 21, 2014

Maryland Counties Scrap Waste-to-Energy Project

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/maryland-counties-scrap-waste-to-energy-project/

Organized citizens and small business owners in Carroll and Frederick Counties, MD just completed a 10-year battle to stop the implementation of a 1,500 ton per day mass burn garbage incinerator facility. The effort brought out the best in local activism: careful analysis of the contract and its financial implications, sophisticated use  of media, many small meetings with civic groups, public demonstrations, confronting elected officials and state authority on conflict of interest as well as failure to understand the contracts before them, and, above all, perseverance in pursuit of sound recycling and economic alternatives. The rest of the US will benefit from this outcome as several citizens who became involved in the local battle are now national experts and are helping other communities face similar challenges.

ILSR has been part of this effort since being invited to intervene at the request of a small business woman in 2004. The Frederick-Carroll incinerator was one of three that ILSR helped defeat in the last year. ILSR remains engaged in the effort to stop a planned 4,000 ton per day garbage incinerator in south Baltimore.

Read the story here from the Frederick News Post, November 21, 2014

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Aug 6, 2015

Environmental Justice Victory in DC, as Mayor Pulls Incinerator Contract

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/environmental-justice-victory-in-dc-as-mayor-pulls-incinerator-contract/

Recycling advocates had stopped any ideas of building a garbage incinerator in the District of Columbia. Now, we are trying to stop the city from sending its garbage to Fairfax County for incineration. Mike Ewall of Energy Justice Network, coordinator of this latter effort, describes the recent victory as the city has tabled a proposal… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Open Letter to Carroll County Citizens – from Neil Seldman

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/open-letter-carroll-county-citizens-neil-seldman/

Dear Neighbors, Carroll County citizens now join tens of thousands of their peers across the nation who have stood up to the silly and dangerous plans to build incinerators. Since the 1970s over 300 such efforts have succeeded. In 2014 alone 14 planned garbage incinerators were defeated by coalitions of organized citizens, small businesspeople and… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration, Waste to Wealth | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Jun 11, 2015

Expert thwarts progress of pro-incineration bill in Philippines

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/expert-thwarts-progress-of-pro-incineration-bill-in-philippines/

The Philippines is the only country that has banned garbage incineration. Constant vigilance is required to keep it that way. The following press release from the Ecowaste Coalition explains the role of Dr. Jorge Emmanuel in presenting to the Philippines’ Congress. An environmental scientist told pro-incineration representatives during a committee meeting that burning wastes is… Continue reading

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Featured Article filed under Stop Incineration | Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Feb 18, 2015

Baltimore’s Curtis Bay Community Says No to “Clean” Incinerator Electricity

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at http://ilsr.org/baltimores-curtis-bay-community-clean-incinerator-electricity/

Curtis Bay is an industrial area located at the southern tip of Baltimore, MD. Residents have been subject to heavy doses of industrial pollution for decades. When a 4,000-ton per day garbage incinerator was proposed, students and alumni of Benjamin Franklin High School reacted with a sophisticated organizing campaign to stop the plant that has… Continue reading