Cleveland Incinerator

Citizens say city shouldn’t repeat it’s mistakes with a new incinerator proposal: “You can’t build on a house of cards”

CLEVEAND — Citizens who have opposed the City of Cleveland’s plans to build a garbage incinerator at the Ridge Road transfer station are telling U.S. EPA, Ohio EPA, Major Frank Jackson, and members of City Council that the City should not be allowed to receive an air pollution permit for a proposed new incinerator.

Despite the fact that the city fired Peter Tien, the designer of the proposed incinerator, for incompetence, administration officials told City Council last week that they want to continue to work from the same “model” they had before, and that they intend to pursue the air pollution permit for the facility, now pending at Ohio EPA.  The permit was written by a consultant hired by Tien, and relied on data and assumptions from Tien’s calculations.

Earth Day Coalition Executive Director Chris Trepal commented, “this whole proposal was built on a house of cards.  The City should not be allowed to receive a permit for a facility whose foundation was so shaky that the consultant was fired for incompetence.”

Cleveland Public Power has asked City Council to approve a $200,000 contract for a consultant to study the potential for an incinerator and other forms of waste handling. Although information for the consultant to study wouldn’t be available until July 31, the administration wants Council to pass the ordinance as an “emergency” ordinance tonight.

“Everything about this project has been backwards,” commented Ann Marie Knotek, a neighbor of the proposed facility. “The city didn’t listen to the consultants they hired years ago who sent up warning flags about this whole project. What’s the rush to push through another $200,000 for a consultant?  The mayor needs to start from a clean slate.”

— Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action and Chris Trepal, Earth Day Coalition

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