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"Conversion Technology" Workshops April 14-15, Sacramento

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>From: "Monica Wilson" <mwilson@essential.org>
>Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 16:34:38 -0700
>There are three upcoming events in Sacramento about the study of 
>"conversion technologies," including technologies that we consider
>incinerators-in-disguise. We encourage you to attend of these events, in
>order to express concerns about environmental impacts of these 
>technologies, especially if you live in a community that is considering 
>one of these schemes.
>On April 14 and 15 there will be workshops in Sacramento to review 
>summaries of the "conversion technology" studies from the California 
>Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB). Location information is below. 
>On May 11 or 12 the CIWMB board meeting will be reviewing these studies 
>and considering their own report to the California Legislature (there is 
>no information yet on this meeting).
>We hope you will attend one or both of the April workshops and/or the May 
>board meeting in order to express concerns about the 
>incinerator-in-disguise technologies of gasification, pyrolysis, plasma 
>arc. Concerns about these technologies include impacts on waste 
>prevention, recycling and composting programs and zero waste; dangerous 
>air emissions; and other pollution issues. The meetings will likely be 
>dominated by industry representatives who see dollar signs in these 
>If you are planning to attend either workshop and would like suggested
>comments, or if you are willing to give written comments on these studies,
>please contact Monica Wilson for suggested comments letters and points
>(mwilson@essential.org or 510-883-9490). Deadlines for written comments 
>have not yet been released, but please note that written comments will 
>need to be submitted within just a few days of the workshops.  The study 
>summaries are expected to be released a week prior to the workshops, and 
>they will be available at http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Organics/Conversion/
>Comments made last fall on the methodologies of these studies can be found 
>at http://www.no-burn.org/campaigns/ca/ We are not optimistic that the 
>concerns raised last fall will be adequately addressed, so we will likely
>raise many of these same comments about the studies.
>An example of a potential incinerator-in-disguise project in California are
>the current efforts by Alameda Power and Telecom to build a gasification
>facility for municipal solid waste. Read more about this project at
>Greenaction's website:  http://www.greenaction.org
>April 14, 2004--9:00 a.m.
>Workshop on Results of Conversion Technology Evaluation Processes and 
>Products, Sierra Hearing Room, Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA
>April 15, 2004--9:00 a.m.
>Workshop on Results of Conversion Technology Lifecycle and Market Impact 
>Assessments, Central Valley Auditorium, Cal/EPA Building, 1001 I Street, 
>Sacramento, CA
>Note1: The Cal/EPA building is 6 blocks up I street from the Sacramento
>Amtrak station.
>Note2: both workshops will be audio cast on the CIWMB website:
>http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Organics/Conversion/ . However, if you want to 
>make any verbal comments you have to be physically present at the meeting 
>-- you can't do that over the internet. You can definitely submit a letter 
>whether or not you attend the workshops.
>May 11 or 12 -- we will forward more information about this meeting as it
>becomes available

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485  

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