letters | mass. confronts a burning question

Successful public-private collaboration on wastewater provides guide for trash disposal

RE “PLAN to burn waste opposed” (Page A1, Dec. 31):

Both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and environmental groups need to compromise on the incinerator issue and support improvements in management of current regulations as well as the adoption of innovative technologies that can meet Massachusetts’ stringent air and solid waste regulations.


A useful model is Massachusetts’ wastewater management field, where significant progress has already been made supported by collaboration between government, non-government organizations, and the private sector to research, develop, and implement innovative wastewater technologies that can cost-effectively solve stormwater and wastewater issues.

There is no reason that the progress and collaboration shown on wastewater issues cannot be a model for incinerators and recycling. Massachusetts has a large cluster of entrepreneurs who are working to solve challenging environmental issues, and the support of government and non-governmental groups is essential for their success.

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If a technology is developed that can meet federal, state and local environmental regulations, it should be welcomed in Massachusetts as a way to help clean the environment, save money, and create jobs.

Peter Kelly-Joseph



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