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Philadelphia City Council will vote Thursday (6/7/2012) on whether to sign two contracts to commit Philadelphia's waste to incineration -- both in the existing trash burners surrounding Philly, and through a planned trash pellet-making plant in Northeast Philly that would market this pelletized trash to be burned in coal plants in the region. Trash burning is far more toxic and worse for the climate than coal! It's also poisoning our food chain and polluting low-income communities of color, like the residents of Chester City just southwest of Philly, home to the nation's largest trash incinerator. The details on these contracts came out only last Thursday. Not enough time has been provided for adequate public review.

For copies of the bills, contracts, and related information, see http://www.energyjustice.net/map/displayfacility-76541.htm

2:20pm THURS UPDATE:

It's over.  City Council voted unanimously in favor of the incinerator contracts.

Please CALL and let your councilpeople and let them know how disappointed you are: You can find council's phone numbers here: http://www.phila.gov/citycouncil/CouncilMembers.html  You can call your district councilmember as well as any of the at-large ones.

[If you'd like to be in the loop on future alerts on waste, energy or toxics issues in Philly area or wherever you're located, email mike@energyjustice.net and provide your zip code and if there are any specific issues you're particularly interested in.]

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City Council is scheduled to vote on bills 120393 and 120394 to sign 7-year contracts with Covanta and Waste Management Inc., ensuring that Philadelphia's trash is burned in incinerators and coal power plants throughout our region. The planned trash pellet-making plant in Northeast Philly is a particularly bad idea, since it will encourage more burning of trash, in coal plants or other industries.

Trash burning is far more toxic and worse for the climate than coal! It's also poisoning our food chain and polluting low-income communities of color, like the residents of Chester City just southwest of Philly, home to the nation's largest trash incinerator (run by Covanta).

This is not the direction our city should be going in.

The details on these contracts came out only last Thursday. Not enough time has been provided for adequate public review. Please table them so there is more time to consider the implications and to evaluate better alternatives.