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Harrisburg Incinerator = #1 Dioxin Emitter in U.S.
- In a Harrisburg Patriot article dated 8/17/1997 titled "City Plant's dioxin levels up since '94," Jim Topsale, EPA region 3 "municipal waste combustion expert" is quoted saying: "This facility is probably the highest emitter of dioxin in the country that we know of for municipal waste incinerators."
- The Barry Commoner study of dioxin in the Arctic shows the Harrisburg incinerator to be the #1 contributing source for 4 of the 8 receptor sites he studied. Of the other 4, the Harrisburg incinerator was between the 3rd and 7th highest contributors.
- A letter from EPA region III to the PA DEP dated 11/20/2000 states the following:
"As you know, the Harrisburg incinerator was recently identified in an Associated Press news release as one of the largest North American sources of dioxins/furans emissions that adversely affect Broughton Island, just north of the Arctic Circle on Baffin Bay. Although one may challenge the validity of the study that concludes the HMERRF is a significant source of dioxins/furans on Broughton Island, there is no doubt that HMERRF is one of, and perhaps, the most significant single source of dioxins/furans in the United States."
- The Columbus, Ohio incinerator (shut down by the local group, Park Area Residents Take Action, in the mid 1990s) used to be the #1 dioxin emitting trash incinerator. Harrisburg was #2 before the Columbus waste-to-dioxin incinerator was closed.
Check out the chart of the dioxin emissions from Pennsylvania incinerators.
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