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Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel October 22, 2007

Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel October 22, 2007

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  1. Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel October 22, 2007 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  2. Air Pollution Effects • Acid Rain • Climate Change • Economic Effects • Environmental Effects • Global Warming • Health Effects • Heat Island Effect • Risk Assessment Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  3. NAB Mission Neighbors Against the Burner speaks with a community voice to protect the people and natural resources of Minnesota by supporting sustainable, safe, and clean energy production and rejecting unsafe, polluting, and outdated technologies such as incineration. Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  4. “We have no preconceived idea as to what that recommendation will be.” • - Kenneth Johnson, President • Saint Paul Port Authority • September 21, 2007 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  5. “We don't have any models that are without RDF.” • - Jack Greenshields • Rock-Tenn plant manager • TC Daily Planet, March 9, 2007 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  6. “To get an economically feasible plant working at Rock-Tenn, you have to have a certain amount of RDF.” • Anders Rydaker District Energy Pioneer Press, March 3, 2007 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

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  10. Minnesota 2005-06 Legislation M.S. 116.90: A “biomass” burner is allowed to burn 30 percent RDF (garbage) M.S. 216B.2424: Even Broader Exemptions and Flexibilities Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  11. What is in RDF? What’s in the GARBAGE you throw away... Pellets Fluff Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

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  13. June 13, 2007 Thomas & Friends: recall of 1.5 million wooden railway toys Source:http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=4468517&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1 August 14, 2007 Mattel recalls over 9 million toys Source: http://kstp.com/article/stories/S166890.shtml?cat=1 September 26, 2007 “Toys and children's necklaces made in China were recalled Wednesday” Consumer Product Safety Commission. Source:http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId=4468517&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  14. September 12, 2007 Fixit: Smoke alarm beeps? Sensor may be dusty By Karen Youso, Star Tribune Last update: September 12, 2007 – 4:20 PM http://www.startribune.com/397/story/1418585.html “To dispose of a smoke detector, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommends contacting the manufacturer (by phone or website) to see if it has a take-back program. Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material and should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal. If that is not possible, remove the batteries and place the detector in the trash.” Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  15. 6 Ambient Air Pollutants • Nitrogen Oxides • Acid rain, ozone, global warming • Sulfur Dioxide • Acid rain, smog, asthma • Carbon Monoxide • Heart disease, nervous system poison • Lead • Damages organs, nerves and the brain • Ozone • Particles (dust) — PM 10 and PM 2.5 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  16. Ozone Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground-level ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure may permanently scar lung tissue. - EPA Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  17. Particulate Matter • Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing • Decreased lung function • Aggravated asthma • Development of chronic bronchitis • Irregular heartbeat • Nonfatal heart attacks • Premature death in people with heart or lung disease - EPA Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  18. Carbon Dioxide Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  19. Sulfur Dioxide Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  20. Nitrogen Oxides Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  21. Particulate Matter Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  22. Other Pollutants “Incinerator emissions are a major source of fine particulates, of toxic metals, and of more than 200 organic compounds, including known carcinogens, mutagens, and hormone disruptors.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005. Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  23. Short List Beryllium, mercury, carbon dioxide, lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, halogenated hydrocarbons, acid gases, greenhouse gases, incinerator ash, PCBs Dioxins, furans, nanoparticles and undefined compounds Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  24. “Since the nature of waste is continually changing, so is the chemical nature of the incinerator emissions, and therefore the potential for adverse health effects.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005. Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  25. Dioxins • Dioxins rarely occur in nature • Agent Orange, Love Canal • Created through the burning of plastics and chlorine at very high temperatures • Act on the cellular level, meaning there is no safe dosage; any amount of dioxin can trigger an unhealthy reaction such as cancer Sources: EPA and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  26. Dioxins, cont. • In addition to causing cancer, dioxins have been linked to birth defects, infertility, learning disabilities, immune suppression, and hormonal effects • There is no emissions technology that eliminates or even sufficiently reduces dioxins from a garbage burner Sources: EPA and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  27. EPA on Dioxins • 84% come from waste incinerators (1999) • “Dioxins have the potential to produce a broad spectrum of adverse effects in humans by altering cell growth and development, causing cancer, and suppressing the immune system” • Exposure to dioxin occurs over a lifetime, and the danger is cumulative Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  28. Health Impacts Proven “Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators: the results are consistent with the associations being causal. A number of smaller epidemiological studies support this interpretation and suggest that the range of illnesses produced by incineration may be much wider.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005. Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  29. “We recommend that no further waste incinerators be built.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators”; 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005. Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  30. Dying Industry # of U.S. Garbage Incinerators 1991 171 2002 107 2004 89 - Federal Reserve Bank, March 2005 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

  31. Keep St. Paul United “Neighbors Against the Burner speaks with a community voice to protect the people and natural resources of Minnesota by supporting sustainable, safe and clean energy production and rejecting unsafe, polluting and outdated technologies such as incineration.” Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel