Submit comments by May 5, 2011
|The EPA is taking comments on their proposal to defer
new regulations for biomass incinerators for three years.
We have until May 5, 2011 to submit our concerns
to them. We hope to generate thousands of
comments on this important issue.
|Listen to the song Biomess by Tom Neilson for
inspiration as you compose your comments to EPA.
- Biomass burning is dirtier than coal
- Biomass incineration is not carbon neutral
- Biofuel production for incineration is
contributing to higher food costs impacting all,
but especially impacting disenfranchised
- Biomass incinerators are getting federal stimulus
dollars to site in disenfranchised communities
- Because of the delay, there will be a rush to
permit during the deferment. This will make
developing and promulgating regulations which are
protective of public health and the environment
- Already permitted facilities are likely to be
grandfathered in and not subject to more
stringent rules, creating de facto sacrifice
zones in rural, working class, and minority
- Due to slash-and-burn budget proposals targeting
health- based regulations such as the NC Air
Toxics standards means that states, such as North
Carolina, will be unable to properly protect
public health and the environment.
Because federal dollars are being used, Environmental Impact
Studies should be required for each facility. The EIS's must take
into consideration potential environmental justice impacts, and
public health impacts (sensitive communities: elderly, poor,
children, immune compromised)
What you can do:
Write a letter to EPA expressing your opposition to the
deferment. Organize a letter-writing get-together or meeting. Ask
friends and family to send comments.
It is imperative that each one of us send comments to the EPA on
this important issue.
Submit your comments, identified by
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2011-0083 by one of the following
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
Include docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011- 0083 in the
subject line of the message.
Environmental Protection Agency,
EPA Docket Center (EPA/DC), Mailcode 28221T,
Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2011-0083,
1200Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
Washington, DC 20460.