As CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast, I was disappointed to hear that the Patrick administration was lifting part of the moratorium on new incinerators (“Activists slam plan for waste in Mass.,” Metro, May 8). Opening Massachusetts up to any new type of incineration creates a rabbit hole, complete with increased air pollution, that we do not want to go down.
The American Lung Association does not support incineration of municipal solid waste for electricity production; rather, it supports policies that minimize the impacts on health associated with the disposals of waste. We are particularly concerned about the effects of added air pollution on vulnerable populations, including the 1 in 10 children living with asthma.
We hope the Patrick administration and the Department of Environmental Protection reconsider their stance prior to allowing any permits for new waste incinerators of any kind in Massachusetts.