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Massive Waste Incinerator Planned for Central Massachusetts
23 Jan 2006
A massive incinerator that would burn construction and demoliton debris and pallets is planned for Barre, MA. In the proposal for an incinerator in Athens, ME, by this company, the debris that would be allowed to be burned includes treated and painted wood, plastics, and asbestos. GenPower, the company behind the incinerator, has unsuccessfully tried to build nearly identical incinerators in Uxbridge, MA, Hinsdale, NH, and Athens, ME.
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A massive incinerator that would burn construction and demoliton debris and pallets is planned for Barre, MA. In the proposal for an incinerator in Athens, ME, by this company, the debris that would be allowed to be burned includes treated and painted wood, plastics, and asbestos. GenPower, the company behind the incinerator, has unsuccessfully tried to build nearly identical incinerators in Uxbridge, MA, Hinsdale, NH, and Athens, ME.

This incinerator would be funded with money from the electric bills of every MA electricity customer, through "Renewable Energy Credits" issues by the MA Dept. of Energy Resources.

Folks in Athens are currently working to keep this toxic incinerator from being built in their community. Included is info about the incinerator in Maine.

For More Info on GenPower's History and Resistance to ther Plans Visit:
maine.indymedia.org (we're currently replacing the server, so if the site doesn't respond, give it a day or two)
www.cchnh.org
www.uxbridgemass.info/power_plant.htm
www.nolongview.org

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The Case Against Incinerating
Toxic Waste in Central Maine

Needham, Massachusetts-based GenPower Wants to Bring An Incinerator To Athens.??GenPower Plans to burn 3 Million Pounds of Waste a Day, at a rate of 41 to 69 TONS an hour.

This waste would consist of up to 100% Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris, Railroad Ties treated with Creosote, Telephone Poles treated with Pesticide Pentachlorophenol, and, according to GenPower, “insignificant amounts” of Metals & Plastics.

No other New England state currently burns this waste.

The economics of GenPower’s proposed plant center more around the incineration of toxic waste
than the production of electricity. The former plant manager of the Athens Boralex incinerator stated it was costing more for suppliers to ship demolition debris from Southern New England than they were paid for it.

Most of this waste would be shipped in to Maine from out of state. The amount of out-of-state waste shipped into Maine doubled between 2001 and 2003. The amount is only increasing.

GenPower plans to pump 650 Gallons a MINUTE of water from the Wesserunsett Stream (and possibly surrounding wells), and then discharge that water back into the stream.

GenPower originally presented this incinerator to folks in Athens with a plan for only about 25% of its fuel (50% in emergencies) to be Construction & Demolition Debris. Soon after approval for Pine Tree Zone tax credits, that number jumped to 100% C&D Debris.

GenPower tried unsuccessfully to build an identical incinerator in Hinsdale, NH.

In Hinsdale they presented the town with a plan to burn only 15% C&D waste – within months, after initial town approval, that number jumped also to 100% C& D waste.
?The incinerator would run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.?
The incinerator will have a 164 foot tall stack for its cumbustors.

GenPower plans to build this incinerator on the site of the former incinerator owned by Boralex. That incinerator shut down in 2002 after repeated toxic firesin its fuel pile, including a major fire that sent black smoke over the area, smoldered for over a month, sent multiple people to the hospital & caused local schools to keep children indoors for recess. The Boralex Athens incinerator received one of Toxics Action Center’s Toxic Ten Awards for 2002, for being one of the top ten polluters in Maine that year.

GenPower itself doesn’t have experience building C&D waste-to-energy incinerators. Some of GenPower’s staff, on the other hand, does have a history with these incinerators in Maine.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Boralex owns several other C&D incinerators in Maine, that it bought from Alternative Energy Inc. of Bangor. The General Counsel of Alternative Energy Inc. was Thomas Emero. The Vice President of Alternative Energy Inc. was William Bousquet.
Guess What? The General Counsel of GenPower is also Thomas Emero. The Vice President of GenPower is also William Bousquet.

What is Alternative Energy’s history in Maine? Well, it has a bit of a history, including one worker falling to his death due to an OSHA violation at the Livermore Falls Incinerator, $134,000 in fines for air emission violations at its Chester Incinerator, $276,000 in fines for emissions violations at its Livermore Falls incinerator, and $190,000 in fines for emissions violations at its Ashland incinerator. Furthermore, the town of Ashland had to spend $180,000 in legal fees in order to get $1.6 million in property taxes owed by Alternative Energy that the company claimed it should not have to pay. The Maine State Board of Property Tax Review disagreed with Alternative Energy, and ensured that Ashland kept its tax money.

Construction & Demolition waste is one of the few types of fuel that a Power Generating Company is essentially PAID to take. The former Athens incinerator was built to generate electricity by burning virgin woodchips brought in from surrounding woodlots (when Boralex bought it, they began burning C&D Debris). Local truckers and loggers would benefit from being paid to bring in these wood chips. Instead of generating income for the local economy, GenPower would rather get paid to take in out-of-state C&D waste, and profit many times over – from taking the waste, from selling the electricity generated from burning the waste, from tax credits for being a “biomass” generator, and tax credits via the Pine Tree Development Zone.

While the incinerator would generate a net output of 37.5 MegaWatts of electricity, that electricity would most likely be sold back to Massachusetts, and benefit from Renewable Energy Credits (funded by MA residents’ electric bills) and possibly Green-e and other “Green Power” tax credits in Maine and MA due to it being a “biomass” facility.

Under the Pine Tree Zone, GenPower will be receiving significant amounts of Maine tax-payer money to assist the building and maintenance of its incinerator. Benefits through the Pine Tree Zone include a 100% refund of corporate income tax and insurance premium tax for the first 5 years, and 50% for years six through ten and a 100% sales and use tax exemption for zone-related construction materials and equipment purchases.
Why is a Massachusetts business that poses a significant health risk to the Maine communities it will profit from receiving so many benefits from Maine tax-payers?

GenPower representatives have repeatedly said that the Athens Incinerator would not be built if it were not for the tax incentives and credits offered by the Renewable Energy Credits & Pine Tree Zone.

In Hinsdale, NH, where it planned a nearly identical incinerator plus a processing facility, GenPower originally told residents to expect 120 trucks a day – that number jumped to an estimated 225 to 275 round trip truck trips in an 11 hour day to bring sufficient C&D debris for the incinerator.

GenPower representatives have told Athens residents to expect an estimated 60 round trip trucks a day. While we will expect fewer trucks than Hinsdale, since GenPower isn’t currently planning a processing facility in addition to the incinerator in Athens, how can we trust that the number will stay at 60, already a significant increase in truck traffic for our communities?

Trucks will likely come through downtown past the ball field, school, and stores, where you can often find kids, dogs, & cats running down the hill from the school to cross the street, and older people walking across the streets. Trucks will also be traveling over recently repaved roads that are inadequate to handle the current load of truck travel.

Maine all ready has one of the highest asthma rates in the nation. This significant increase in diesel exhaust in downtown Athens can’t do anything to lessen the rate of asthma. Diesel exhaust has been shown to account for 78 percent of the total cancer risk in outdoor air from all hazardous air pollutants combined.

This incinerator would be less than two miles from the Athens Elementary School.

Property values will go downwhen prospective buyers discover that Athens is incinerating toxic waste while our two closest states have banned the process due to health & environmental concerns.

Even if the incinerator is fitted with technology to prevent all but 1% of toxins it produces from leaving via its smokestack, that still leaves hundreds of pounds a year of toxins going into our air, water, land, and families. Regardless of how well an incinerator operates, toxic metals will still be released, often in combination with chlorine or other halogens.

C&D waste consists of what’s left over from demolition, construction, and renovation projects. ?Incinerated C&D debris can emit 87 toxic substances, with arsenic, cadmium, dioxin, furans, lead, mercury, and nitrogen oxide among them. These toxins are known to cause, among other things, cancer, birth defects, skin disorders, hormone disruption, learning disorders, cardiovascular disease, lung disease, tremors, & acid rain. These chemicals are especially toxic to children and fetuses, and many, such as mercury, build up in local fish and wildlife, farm animals, & mother’s milk.

And what of the toxins that get caught by the high-tech scrubber and filter technologies? Those have to go somewhere. They end up in thousands of pounds of extremely toxic ash made of microscopic particles of heavy metals & other poisons that, if breathed in, are too small to be filtered out by the body’s protective cilia (& damages those cilia), & instead go directly, and for the most part permanently, into one’s lungs. The ash that is stored on site and then trucked to a landfill in Maine – the most likely landfills to receive this would be Norridgewock, Hampden or West Old Town.

Up until the required release of the Air Emissions Permit Application, many details of the incinerator were not available, since Genpower had determined the Site Plan is a “Trade Secret” and “Proprietary Information” --even though this plan was shared at a meeting with the DEP that was legally open to the public.

Somerset County is rated among the worst 20% of Counties in the US for air releases of recognized carcinogens.

Health Issue: Lead?In a report by the Environmental Protection Agency, it was reported (Bridgeport Post) that in Bristol, Connecticut, the home of an incinerator with a baghouse air cleaner (Athens will have a baghouse air cleaner) more than half of the children have lead levels in their bloodstreams high enough to be considered toxic. Lead exposure has been linked to brain, nervous system, and emotional problems, damage to the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, nervous systems, and reproductive system and blood-forming organs.

Health issue: Mercury
The incineration of Mercury is a major problem. At the temperature of combustion, mercury is a gas and evades particulate collection in a baghouse. Once mercury hits water, it transforms into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury that builds up in fish, and its toxic effects are passed onto those who eat the fish. Pregnant mothers, fetuses, and babies are especially susceptible. Mercury in children can lead to brain damage, mental retardation, incoordination, blindness, seizures, inability to speak, problems of their nervous and digestive systems, and kidney damage.

Health Issue: Dioxin
At the International Symposium on Dioxin in Bayreuth, Germany, two groups reported that dioxins, among the most powerful cancer causing chemicals, can form after the flue gases leave the combustion chamber. Dioxin builds up in mother’s milk (that includes cow’s milk) and is passed onto nursing babies or folks who drink the cow’s milk. Dioxin is linked to health problems including cancer, birth defects, hormonal changes, declining sperm counts, infertility, endometriosis, testicular atrophy, immune system impairment, and diabetes, as well as detrimental effects on the liver, spleen, bone marrow, and skin.

GenPower is facing strong local opposition to its incinerators in other towns.

It keeps approaching economically struggling small towns, and being rejected. Locals in Hinsdale, NH, and Uxbridge, MA, organized to keep the incinerator out of their towns, and GenPower looks like it is giving up plans to build in their communities (in part due to new state rules).
This incinerator doesn’t have to get built if we don’t want it.

Folks in Athens are working on a citizen-initiated ordinance that would place a moratorium on burning of C&D waste in the town.
Get Informed! Get Active! Be Heard!
Emissions, Ash, and Trucks Don’t Respect Town Lines!

The exhaust will spread over the surrounding area for many hundreds of miles - remember, Maine's has some of the worst air quality in the country thanks to power plants in the Midwest and our already existing paper mills. The left-over debris and ash will be shipped to local landfills, Norridgewock, Hampden or Old Town, or if the state approves new rule changes, the poison ash could be used for construction fill and other “Beneficial Reuse.”
The hundreds of trucks will impact all the communities which they pass through.

“We’re not talking about bringing in a facility here that’s going to dump anything in the air or pollute … because this is in the middle of Maine and not Boston… So I don’t want you to think that this is going to be a project that’s a burden on the community in any way, shape, or manner.” – Robert Baldacci (John’s brother) representing GenPower at a Town Meeting to approve a Pine Tree Development tax credit zone, Athens, Sept 2004.

Contact your selectfolk and representatives. Contact your local media.
Contact your Doctor (you may need ‘em).
Talk to your school board. Talk with your Church. Talk with your coworkers.
Talk with your Family and Friends.



More info online at:
maine.indymedia.org

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THE CURRENT STATE OF THINGS WITH ATHENS AND THE INCINERATOR
January 23, 2006
by: h. Lister

Whatever you’ve heard to the contrary, the proposed GenPower “waste to energy” incinerator in Athens is no way a “done deal.”

In the fall of 2004, GenPower, of Needham, Massachusetts, approached Athens selectmen about building an incinerator, after having unsuccessfully tried to sell similar plans to towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The plans were greeted with resistance from local community members in these towns who researched the plans, and both of these states now have current or pending legislation that would ban the burning of this treated and painted wood, plastics, asbestos, and other materials that would be allowed in the fuel GenPower plans to burn.
At this point, GenPower has not received approval for any licenses or permits. It applied for an Air Emissions Permit for an incinerator, aka “Biomass Electrical Generating Facility”, with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in November 2005. In meetings and applications to the DEP, GenPower has stated plans to burn 3 million pounds a day of up to 100% Construction and Demolition Debris (CDD).

This CDD can contain treated wood, painted wood, asbestos, and plastics, among other materials, many of which become more dangerous when burned. While GenPower claims it will have state of the art air emissions controls, there will still be dioxins and other poisons released into the air, and those which are not sent out through the stack will be concentrated in the ash produced by the incinerator. This toxic ash will get into our water and air. There is no way to eliminate these poisons.

In the 20 day comment period following the application’s submission, over 41 people sent letters to the DEP and BEP (Board of Environmental Protection) requesting that the Emissions Permit Application be taken under jurisdiction of the BEP and that a formal Public Hearing be granted to folks in Athens and surrounding communities that would be affected by GenPower.

UPDATE: As of this writing, it appears that GenPower did not follow the correct process for applying for permits, and failed to hold a required public meeting prior to applying for its emissions permit. If this is officially determined to be the case (it has been confirmed via a phone conversation with Mark Roberts of the DEP – written determination should be forthcoming), GenPower will have to reapply for its permit, and the public comment period reopened.
GenPower’s confusion of how the permitting process works is surprising in light of the fact that GenPower representative Tom Emero has a Masters in Environmental Law, has been involved in the permitting process for Maine Power Plants since the mid 1990’s, and GenPower’s Emissions Application was drawn up by MacMillan & Donnelly, an environmental consulting firm based in Falmouth.

GenPower still has to apply for a host of other state and federal permits before it can start building. A local ordinance is in the works that would give the Athens community some power as well in the permitting and approval process.

Background

In 2002, the skies of Athens and surrounding areas were darkened with poisonous smoke from a fire smoldering in the fuel pile of the former Boralex “waste to energy” incinerator. The fire smoldered for over a month, with little action taken by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, until multiple people had become sick, birds died, and children kept indoors for recess at local schools.

This incinerator was originally built to burn clean biomass woodchips, but when Montreal-based Boralex bought the facility in 2000, they decided it would be more profitable to burn construction and demolition debris than local clean wood. Once they started burning this waste, they began a regularly releasing poisons into the air far over already generous amount they were allowed by the DEP. Boralex shut down the incinerator after Athens citizens brought attention to the fire, and the boiler was moved (bought with Maine taxpayer dollars) to Georgia Pacific in Old Town.


Georgia Pacific is now trying to get approval to burn construction and demolition debris in this same boiler that, according to GenPower Representative and General Counsel Tom Emero, is “antiquated technology. These (old) plants were never designed to burn anything but clean woodchips.” Interesting Emero should say that, since the Boralex-owned old incinerators in Livermore Falls and Ashland were also designed to burn only clean woodchips, but began burning construction and demolition debris back in the late 1990's when they were still owned by Alternative Energy Inc. of Maine, a company of which Tom Emero was General Council, and of which GenPower Vice President Bill Bousquet, was also Vice President.


The history of this business venture by Emero and Bousquet makes their credibility questionable. Alternative Energy Maine operated several incinerators that started out burning clean wood biomass, but when they discovered it was more profitable, began burning treated wood and construction and demolition debris in the late 1990’s. One of these incinerators, in Livermore Falls, racked up $276,000 in fines for emissions violations, before it was sold to Boralex. Another, in Ashland, accumulated $190,000 in fines for emissions violations before also being sold to Boralex. Furthermore, the town of Ashland had to spend $180,000 in legal fees in order to get $1.6 million in property taxes owed by Alternative Energy that the company claimed it should not have to pay. The Maine State Board of Property Tax Review disagreed with Alternative Energy, and ensured that Ashland kept its tax money.

Pine Tree Zones and Other Taxpayer Money for GenPower

While no permits have been granted to GenPower, approval for tax-payer money for the company is been coming its way. The land GenPower wants to build on received approval for a Pine Tree Development Zone in Fall of 2004. The Pine Tree Zone gives the company major tax credits and tax breaks from the state of Maine.

GenPower has also reportedly been speaking with Athens selectmen this Winter about getting a TIF from the town. A TIF is a Tax Increment Financing District, under which a company is refunded most of the property taxes it would otherwise be paying to the town., and which could require Athens to foot the bill and work to create an “Economic Development Department.”

The Pine Tree Zone approval happened after a town meeting in September 2004, where Tom Emero and Robert Baldacci (Governor John's brother, working for Pierce Atwood as a consultant to GenPower) gave a sales pitch to the citizens of Athens on why this Pine Tree Zone for GenPower would be needed and beneficial to the community. Of course, the citizens only got to ask questions (some of which, like “How much [of the construction and demolition waste “biomass”] will be coming from out of state?” were conveniently ignored by Emero and Baldacci). It was the Athens Selectmen who made the decision, and gave their approval to the Pine Tree Zone.

The Pine Tree Zone decision was presented with urgency, since there was only One Week Left for approval of new Pine Tree Zones that year, so Athens needed to Act Fast and Act Now to make sure they wouldn't be left out of this economic revitalization. And of course, the GenPower incinerator, according to Rob Baldacci, would be totally safe. To quote, “We’re not talking about bringing in a facility here that’s going to dump anything in the air or pollute … because this is in the middle of Maine and not Boston… So I don’t want you to think that this is going to be a project that’s a burden on the community in any way, shape, or manner.” And as Tom Emero pointed out, “We fully intend – oh – I shouldn't say we fully intend. We fully intend to try to permit a facility that will burn up to 50 percent construction and demolition debris. Do we think we'll ever get 50 percent construction and demolition debris? Probably not. Probably be getting something like 25 percent.”

According to GenPower representatives, the Pine Tree Zone money is “absolutely crucial to [GenPower's] decision to locate here,” and “They need the Pine Tree Zone benefits to move forward with [the] project. Absolutely critical.”

In the weeks following Pine Tree Zone approval, GenPower decided it was going to apply for a permit to burn not 50%, but 100% construction and demolition debris. A very similar pattern played out in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, where GenPower attempted to build a nearly identical incinerator – they originally presented the town with a plan to burn 15% C&D debris, then 25%, then, as it looked like the process was really moving forward, 100%. They would have been receiving large tax breaks and credits for building on the land in Hinsdale as well (land incidentally owned by the business partner of the now impeached local selectman working to bring in GenPower.)

There was strong public opposition in Hinsdale and surrounding towns, and it looks like GenPower will not be building an incinerator in Hinsdale, as a result of the local organizing combined with statewide organizing that led to a year-long New Hampshire Moratorium on the burning of C&D Debris.

GenPower didn't want to leave these other towns easily. According to a November 8, 2005 article in the Keene Sentinel, “GenPower's director of renewable energy projects, Thomas D. Emero, said [at an informational forum organized by GenPower and held in Hinsdale] [...] that the company would listen to Hinsdale residents and company officials [and they] were not interested in building somewhere they weren't welcome. But, pressed shortly after he made the comment, Emero said the company would proceed with its plan to build in Hinsdale even if the majority of residents wanted to keep the power plant out.”

Tom Emero has said the very same thing to Athens residents - that GenPower would not want to build in Athens if they weren't welcome.

Renewable Energy?

Another bit of public money is supposedly “absolutely critical” for GenPower to build their incinerator in Athens would come from Massachusetts Renewable Energy Credits. These credits are funded by the electric bills that MA residents pay. This money is approved by the MA Division of Energy Resources (DOER) which considers Construction and Demolition debris to be equivalent to “Biomass” as a “Renewable Energy” fuel. This is the same state that recently effectively banned the burning and landfilling of this C&D Debris in its borders.

GenPower currently has to apply to the Maine DEP for a Solid Waste Disposal permit. It's a pretty major permitting process, and the application process for allows for the people to request another Public Hearing, and includes up to $50,000 that the town can request to study the impact of the proposed facility.

The BEP and DEP, however, are currently considering changing the wording of the Chapter 418 of the Maine Solid Waste Disposal rules that would free GenPower from this requirement of a bulky permit application. One of the rule changes would allow an incinerator burning up to 100% Construction and Demolition Debris, if that incinerator was supposedly “for the primary purpose of power generation and not waste disposal, and substituting as a fuel only wood from construction and demolition debris [CDD]” to be built with out the current requirement a solid waste disposal permit.

These rule changes include some other worrisome changes that could bring companies like GenPower even more public money. The construction and demolition debris disposal industry has been fighting for years to get states to consider the burning of C&D debris to be Recycling, and to consider the highly poisonous ash produced by these incinerators to be used for “Beneficial Use,” for use in things like construction fill and road building. A current rule change being considered by the BEP would do just that, freeing these waste businesses to make even greater profits, since instead of producing a “Special Waste” that they must pay to dispose of in approved landfills, they would be producing a product for Beneficial Use.

Several folks from communities that would be affected by this rule change spoke at a public hearing in Augusta and the end of November and wrote letters to the BEP with their objections to these and related rule changes, which are now officially on record, and available by request from the state BEP.

Communities Getting Active

Starting in September 2005, folks from Athens and surrounding communities began meeting to find out more about the incinerator and figure out what could be done about it. They came up with a name for themselves – CAPIT – Citizens Against Pollution in Town. The weekly meetings every Thursday at 6:30 at the Somerset Academy have been regularly drawing over 30 people, with new people at each meeting. In November, folks put up a banner downtown painted with “Tell Mass to Keep Its Trash! No Toxic Incinerator.” Every Saturday from 11-1 since then folks have been gathering by that banner, being visible, sharing information, sharing pizza and coffee, making art, and spreading the word about this incinerator.

At a November BEP hearing that several CAPIT members attended, Tom Emero told them that he wanted to hold an information meeting on the incinerator in Athens. In response to this, CAPIT contacted Paul Connett, who is a Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University, and an internationally recognized researcher on the impacts of incineration. He offered to come to Athens and explain the dangers he thinks would come with the proposed incinerator and the inadequacy of the technology to protect the surrounding communities at a meeting where Tom Emero could present the reasons he thinks this incinerator and technology would be safe and beneficial to the surrounding community. CAPIT contacted Emero both by email and certified mail, offering him a list of dates that Connett would also be available to be present at an informational meeting where all sides of the issue were represented. Emero did not reply to these letters (other than signing the certified mail to show he’d received it), but instead met privately with the Athens selectmen and booked use of the Athens Elementary School for a informational meeting run exclusively by GenPower on Tuesday, January 24.

Paul Connett is still planning to come to Athens at some point in the coming months, and has asked in return only that we cover travel expenses from New Hampshire, and that as many folks as possible watch a series of videos he helped produce on Community Resource Centers across North America that are community-based, healthy, safe, and economically viable (even profitable) alternatives to incineration of what is currently considered Waste. To borrow one of these videos call 649-5980 or come to a Thursday night CAPIT meeting.

As people in Athens looked into the incinerator they realized it was closely tied into State Policies that, especially under the Baldacci Administration, have been turning Maine into the dumping ground for the rest of New England at Maine tax payer expense. Athens folks began meeting with folks from community groups in Old Town, Hampden, Norridgewock, Washington County, Westbrook, and other Maine communities being affected by out of state waste, and have been working to raise awareness and do something about this problem. When the Maine legislature came into session, on Monday, January 9, 2006, over 60 people from across Maine gathered in front of the Augusta State House the sleet to say No to Out-Of-State Waste. This event had a variety of speakers, music, art, and made this issues major news that has since been regularly covered in newspapers, radio, and tv across Maine.

Folks in Athens are going door to door to find out people’s questions about the incinerator, share information, and get signatures for a local Moratorium on the burning of C&D debris, which will come up for a vote in the coming months. Additionally, folks in surrounding towns are asking their selectfolk and councilors to contact the Athens selectmen and communicate their concerns about the negative impact of this proposed incinerator on their communities. People in surrounding towns are also considering non-binding resolutions in support of a moratorium in Athens.

There will be a Statewide Anti-Waste / Clean Maine Coalition Meeting at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 18, at the Gilman St. School in Waterville, and other events are in the works.

Please be in touch with questions and ideas, even (especially) if you disagree with what’s been written here.
We need jobs and economic health in our communities – we also need locally-owned businesses that are in it for the long run, breathable air, drinkable water, healthy farms, healthy woodlots, and healthy families. Mainers are resourceful, responsible, and not wasteful – we don’t need to be the dumping grounds for companies that profit off wastefulness. We can take care of our own without being taken advantage of by out-of-state big money waste business. Let’s talk about what we can get going in our towns that will generate economic health without sacrificing our kids’ health. Let’s talk about creating things that future generations will be proud of us for – there’s no reason to settle for less.

For More Info:
Write: CAPIT c/o h. Lister PO Box 129 Athens, ME 04912
Email:sterren (at) maineindymedia.org
Visit: maine.indymedia.org

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