Public Meeting...on Ridge Rd. Incinerator/Gasification

Submitted by lmcshane on Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:32.
01/19/2012 - 18:00
01/19/2012 - 20:00

 Plain Press June 2011 article by Joe Narkin w/permission to publish here

From: Brian J. Cummins <bcummins [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org>
Subject: FW: Cleveland Public Power Waste-to-to Energy project - EPA air-quality permit hearing - Mon. 1/9/2012
To: "Brian J. Cummins" <bcummins [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org>
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2012, 5:51 PM
Public Notice / Nota pública --
The City of Cleveland is anticipated to announce a public meeting for 6:00 Thursday, 1/19/12 at Estabrook Rec Center, 4125 Fulton Road, Cleveland Ohio 44114. The meeting is to explain and take Q&A regarding the proposed CPP gasification waste-to-energy power facility and Materials Recovery Facility/recycling facility that is being proposed. Please share and distribute widely as we only have a week notice. Info links are below. Please help distribute this notice to interested parties. For questions please call Attn: David Hearne, Cleveland
Division of Air Quality, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH,
44114, or Brian Cummins, Cleveland City Councilman Ward 14. The public comment period, originally scheduled to end Jan. 13, has been extended to January 23, 2012. We are requesting Mayor Jackson’s Administration to work with the Ohio EPA to extend the comment period an additional 90-days to allow for a better and more appropriate public process.
El lazo puede ser utilizado abajo para la información sobre una nueva reunión de horario para el -- 19 de enero de 2012, 6:00 p.m. -- para -- la Agencia de Proteción Ambiental de Ohio (Ohio EPA) y la División de Calidad del Aire de Cleveland (CDAQ), tendrá una sesión informativa para el público a las 6 p.m. en el Centro de Recreación de Estabrook, 4125 Fulton Road, Cleveland. El motivo de la reunión pública será la discusion de un permiso de aire para una propuesta planta de gasificación de residuos sólidos municipales de Cleveland. Ayude por favor a distribuir esta nota pública! Para la pregunta, por favor llamada - David Hearne,216-664-2297, en la División de Cleveland de Calidad de Aire; o Brian Cummins, Barrio de Concejal 14 216-664-4238. El período público del comentario, planificó originalmente terminar 13 de enero, ha sido extendido a el 23 de enero de 2012. Solicitamos que la Administración de Alcalde Jackson para trabajar con el Ohio EPA para extender el período de comentario un adicional de 90 días para tener en cuenta un mejor y apropiar más proceso público.
Additional Informational Resources/ Recursos de información adicionales:
Brian J. Cummins
Brian J. Cummins
Cleveland City Council, Ward 14
216-664-4238 office
Johanna V. Hamm
Executive Assistant,
Cleveland City Council, Ward 14
From: Brian J. Cummins
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 9:07 AM
To: Brian J. Cummins
Subject: Cleveland Public Power Waste-to-to Energy project - EPA air-quality permit hearing - Mon. 1/9/2012
This message is to inform you that there is an Ohio EPA Public Hearing on Cleveland’s gasification facility air permit that is being held this coming Monday, January 9, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road, Cleveland.
Note that I am opposed to this project and will be opposing the issuance of the air permit for this project. Other organizations that join me in my opposition and concern include: Environmental Health Watch, Earth Day Coalition, Ohio Citizen Action, NE Ohio Sierra Club Coal and Energy Committee, and the Center for Health Environment and Justice.
If you are unable to review the enclosed information (listed below), please know that this meeting on Monday is to take public comment on an air permit the City is requesting be approved for a Solid Waste to Municipal Energy gasification plant, which has been proposed to utilize a proprietary technology developed in Japan, that has never been commercially utilized in the U.S. to the scale being proposed by the City. The new facility would be built at the city’s current Ridge Road Transfer Station located at 3727 Ridge Road.
The project in its entirety is complex, both technologically and as a purported comprehensive waste management and energy generation project. The bottom line for the meeting on Monday though, is that the proposed project would emit additional toxic emissions to our air and would have a direct impact on the environment and health of the areas in close proximity to the plant, i.e., Cleveland neighborhoods of Old Brooklyn, Brooklyn Centre, Stockyard, Clark-Fulton, Tremont, Detroit Shoreway, West Blvd, and the City of Brooklyn. It should also be said that the environmental and health impacts would also reach additional population centers in the Greater Cleveland area such as Cleveland, Shaker and University Heights etc...
Although Monday’s hearing is specifically related to the air permit for the gasification waste-to-energy facility, opposition to this project is not based solely on air pollution and health impacts. I’ll be following-up later on today with a more complete rational for my overall opposition as well as alternatives to this proposal.

Enclosed documents:
·         OEPA CPP news relase (in Spanish) dtd 12/22/2011
Referenced documents:
·         Ohio EPA Public Notice regarding Monday 1/19/2012 meeting dtd 12/22/2011
·         Ohio Citizen Action flyer regarding Monday 1/19/12 meeting (in Spanish)
Other information and sites:
·         CPP site -
·         Earth Day Coalition site -
·         Ohio Citizen Action site -
Brian J. Cummins
Cleveland City Council, Ward 14
216-664-4238 office
Johanna V. Hamm
Executive Assistant,
Cleveland City Council, Ward 14
 NOTE: This information has been posted from my home computer --home scanner is not working--my views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of my friends, family, or employer---please see attached images posted with the permission of the author Joe Narkin.


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