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Burning Waste is Not Clean or Green

It is hard to believe that most incinerators nationwide do not need to report their toxic releases to the U.S. EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). This publicly accessible database tracks the release of certain toxic chemicals that may threaten people and the environment.

To remedy this, PEER, in partnership with the Energy Justice Network, is leading a coalition of more than 300 groups petitioning EPA to require incinerators that burn municipal waste, medical waste, sewage sludge, and that melt plastics to create fuels, to report their toxic releases to the public.

This petition is significant because industry often claims that the energy produced from these incinerators should get federal and state subsidies for being “renewable.” In fact, burning waste is one of the most toxic ways to make energy and is not clean or green.

We know the industry will push back hard on this proposal. But we are determined to stand with community groups throughout the country fighting for more information on the types of toxic chemicals released into their air, water, and landfills.

This is an important public health and climate change issue. We hope you will stand with us in this effort by making a special contribution to our effort here.

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