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E-M:/ THIS SATURDAY! Paul Connett To Speak in Hamtramck



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If you have never heard Dr. Paul Connett speak, you are in for a treat. Not only is he one of the most knowledgable people on incinerators around, but he's entertaining! He'll be in Hamtramck on this Saturday. Hamtramck is home to the Michigan's largest medical waste incinerator. The facility is opposed by the residents and City Council of Hamtramck, and currently out of compliance with a Hamtramck City Ordinance. This talk is sponsored by HEAT and The Coalition to Close the Hamtramck Medical Waste Incinerator as part of an effort to bring increased attention to this facility.

Have dinner, learn new things about incinerators and have a few laughs too. What could be better? So please join us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Rob Cedar.
Mary Beth

Paul Connett To Speak in Hamtramck

Contact: Rob Cedar (313) 365-4722 or robc313@aol.com
HEAT- Hamtramck Environmental Action Team

WHAT: Dr. Paul Connett, a world expert on incineration and a dynamic and entertaining speaker, will visit Hamtramck to address the special dangers of medical waste incineration. A light dinner will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday May 6th 2000 4:30 till 7:00 PM

WHERE: People's Community Services at 8625 Jos Campau Hamtramck.

Dr. Paul Connett, a leading expert on incineration, waste management, dioxin and the risks to public health, will be speaking about the dangers of waste incineration in Hamtramck, on May 6. Hamtramck is home to the City Medical Waste incinerator, which burns 28 tons of medical waste per day.

Dr. Connett is Professor of Chemistry at St Lawrence University in New York. He has conducted educational forums on incineration and waste management throughout the United States and in more than 40 countries. Dr. Connett is an engaging speaker and recipient of numerous awards. "Paul Connett is the only person I know who can make waste interesting" says consumer advocate and Green Party Presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

"We're very fortunate to have such a recognized expert come to Hamtramck," said Rob Cedar of the Hamtramck Environmental Action Team (HEAT). " Dr. Connett understands the problems a community like Hamtramck faces when they are the home to one incinerator and downwind from others."

Residents have long expressed concern about the City Medical Waste incinerator in Hamtramck. The incinerator is under its fifth owner in 9 years and is currently out of compliance with a local ordinance. The ordinance was spearheaded by Council President Phillip Kwik and passed unanimously by the council. Kwik created the ordinance largely in response to the state's relaxation of the incinerator's mercury permit, after tests proved it could not meet its original mercury emission permit limits.

Hamtramck is also within a few miles of the Detroit municipal waste incinerator and the Henry Ford Hospital incinerator. However, Henry Ford Health Systems have recently announced that they will be closing the Henry Ford Hospital incinerator in favor of a safer disposal alternative. They stated that community pressure was key to that decision.

The City Medical Waste incinerator became the only commercial medical incinerator in Michigan after another incinerator of similar design, in Grand Rapids, was closed after failing its stack tests six times in a row. Recently several other hospital-owned medical waste incinerators have been scheduled to close as administrators move to choosing safer non-incineration methods for waste disposal.

This event is sponsored by HEAT, in collaboration with ACCESS, the American Lung Association in Michigan, Clean Air Please, Clean Water Action, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, the Ecology Center, National Wildlife Federation, NLG/Sugar Law Center, the Sierra Club SE Michigan Group, SSJ Office of Peace and Justice, Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware and Health Care Without Harm, an international coalition of more then 250 members working to clean up the medical waste stream.

Dr. Connett is a recognized expert in waste management, incineration and public health effects from incinerator emissions. He is widely published and has on numerous occasions provided sworn testimony to protecting the rights of individuals and communities.

Dr. Connett is available for radio and press interviews on the week and days leading up to his visit and for all media the evening of May 5th, all day May 6th and the morning of May 7th. For scheduling and contact information please contact HEAT at
(313) 365-4722.

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Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)

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