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Biden Urged to Address Incinerators in Environmental Priorities

Dec. 18, 2020, 6:05 PM

The waste industry and community health advocates want President-elect Joe Biden to include incinerators in his focus on clean energy and environmental justice.

Communities’ concerns about municipal solid waste incinerator emissions and their potential health effects align with Biden’s focus on environmental justice, and his plan emphasizes reducing air pollution for disadvantaged populations.

At the same time, incinerators that convert waste to energy are considered renewable energy generators in some states, which could make them an important part of reaching Biden’s commitment to a green grid by 2035.

But if the Biden environmental agenda focuses only on greenhouse gases, “we ...