Opposed by the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society, as well as 70,000 doctors across the US, biomass burning incinerators release Dioxin, THE most dangerous toxin identified by the EPA. Ignorantly touted as a “renewable” energy source, biomass burning is being subsidized by our government, encouraging corporations to take advantage of the incentives allowed.
Funded 50% by taxpayers, the Clallam County community has not been made aware of the proposed plan, nor given opportunity to oppose it before Nippon applied for and received the necessary permits, beginning construction a few months ago. It is now in its infant stages of construction and still a plan has not been released as to Nippon’s source of energy (forest slash, construction site demolition, etc). Aside from the serious and proven health risks it imposes merely by breathing our air, the community cannot be assured that there is a long-term supply of burnable sources available that would prevent the need for deforestation of our beautiful Olympic woodlands.
Communities and their governing bodies across the nation are fighting and winning moratoriums on their proposed plants, which gives us hope. However, our governing body is one of our strongest oppositions, and we can’t seem to “educate” them enough to reconsider their decision. However, if we could back up our concerns with a nation-wide petition of 25,000+ signatures and a much larger audience interested in their motives, I think we may have more bargaining power.
Anne McHale started this petition with a single signature, and now has 3 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.