A whiff of Cement Kiln-illa might be “safer” than World’s Best Vanilla.
The Associated Press reports,
A coalition of health and environmental groups has raised questions about a cement plant’s plan to burn cubes made from recycled trash instead of coal.
The coalition of more than two dozen groups has asked the Department of Environmental Conservation for more time to comment on Lehigh Northeast Cement Company’s plan to burn Enviro-Fuelcubes at its Glens Falls plant. The cubes are made from wood, paper products and plastics.
Supervised tests showed no significant increases in contaminant emissions, but minor increases in toxins such as dioxins, chromium, and lead. The DEC says all were within allowable limits.
Greenwich Citizens Committee member Tracy Frisch said the increase in dioxin raises a red flag, and more time is needed to study the effects.
DEC says it’s reviewing the coalition’s request.
But if the enviros are really worried about dioxin, they may first want to shutdown the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop in nearby White Plains.