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May 24, 2017 | Commercial Litigation | General Liability

Incineration at Issue in Ontario Town

Government officials in a local town in Ontario, Canada, are having a public disagreement regarding the use of incinerators as a waste management tool.

Greg Burns is the deputy mayor of Port Hope. He reportedly has written to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change advocating a ban on the use of incinerators in Ontario. He argued in his letter that incineration created “hundreds of toxins,” including dioxin, that caused cancer.

The mayor of Port Hope, Bob Sanderson, agreed that “closing the door” on incineration was the better choice.

One member of the town council, however, disagreed.

The council member, Robert Polutnik, was quoted in local news reports as saying that although he was “not pro-incineration,” he supported “the continued process of scientific knowledge and reputable research in the hope that perhaps one day there will be a form of incineration developed that will not only assist with waste management but will also be environmentally friendly.”

The council ultimately approved a resolution seeking to ban further construction of incinerators and to prohibit the continued use of existing incinerators on the basis that “all forms of incineration of waste, including gasification, plasma arc, pyrolysis, energy-from-waste, combustion and all other forms of burning of waste produce very large quantities of deadly and/or health-destroying substances that cause cancer, heart and circulatory disease, birth defects, mental disease and much more.”

Council member Polutnik voted no on the resolution.

For further information, please contact Paul V. Majkowski, Lawrence S. Han, or your regular Rivkin Radler attorney.

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