Environmental Groups Critical of Waste Incineration Plans in Ontario

Date: October 2, 2006

Source: News Room

As Ontario explores the idea of incineration as a solution to its lack of landfill space, environmental groups have criticized the proposed plan. Critics claim that incineration produces air pollution, uses more energy than it produces, and produces potentially toxic waste that still requires landfill disposal. They also argue that Canada is weakening existing environmental protection laws in order to permit the creation of these pilot incineration projects. Moreover, incineration will undermine recycling and reducing efforts. Supporters of incineration argue that the technology has changed, and that many of the problems with incineration have been solved. The proposed pilot incineration programs would last only five years to judge the idea's efficacy.

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