the Ketchikan Scientific Community
By Van & Linda Abbott
November 11, 2010
Garbage and trash will be barged to Ward Cove on many garbage scows that will be in plain site of not only our residents but our tourists and cruise ships.
On November 1, 2010, the Borough Assembly voted to sell the publicly owned Ward Cove Pulp Mill property to a developer who has proposed this incineration project (renamed to Waste to Energy (WTE), thus beginning the process.
The Assembly took this action without apparently having any formal research undertaken on the proposed use of the land and feasibility of the project being presented by Ken Hopen and Assoc. There was no actual evaluation of the significant issues surrounding such a monumental decision; A decision we may have to live with for the rest of our lives. (The re-run of the dismal Hopen presentation can be seen on KPU CommVision)
If there was one issue important enough to seek scientific input and voter approval it was certainly this one.
We urge the medical and scientific community here in Ketchikan to read the attached, recent August 2010 study done by the Canadians for a similar WTE project in Vancouver B.C. Vancouver has a similar environment to Ketchikan. You can also find this study at the following web link:
Please provide Mayor Kiffer and the Assembly Members with your thoughts about the safety of this project.
Van & Linda Abbott
Received November 10, 2010 - Published November 11, 2010
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