In the hope of heading off a proposed ‘waste to energy’ incinerator, Richmond Valley resident Liz Stops presented a petition to the Mayor and General Manager of Richmond Valley Council on behalf of signatories from the Northern Rivers community opposing the establishment of the facility at the new Reynolds Road Industrial Precinct in Casino.
Ms Stops says the petition represents the determined opposition of people who are only just finding out about the dangerous toxic emissions an incinerator would subject local residents to. ‘The negative health effects of burning waste from not just the Richmond Valley, but also waste from other Northern Rivers Councils and possibly even SE Queensland, is totally unacceptable to a growing number of people,’ she said.
‘It’s time for the NSW Government and all Northern Rivers Councils to adopt genuine Zero Waste Strategies to manage wastes rather than polluting Casino and surrounds by burning it.’
Shocking community discovery
Co-ordinator of the National Toxic Network, Jo Immig says that it’s shocking for the community to discover the covert plans underway between Richmond Valley Council and the NSW Government for a waste incinerator in Casino. Arrangements are being made behind our backs. ‘The NSW Government just announced the region as a prospective site without any robust process, totally disregarding the community as well as the agricultural and tourism nature of the region.
‘It’s deeply concerning since it’s well documented in the scientific literature that even so called ‘state of the art’ waste incinerators release dangerous air pollution such as dioxins, heavy metals and ultrafine particulates, all of which would endanger the health of the community and pollute the produce grown in the region. Casino would be at risk of becoming the ‘polluted beef capital of NSW’ she said.
Ms Immig says the energy from waste incinerators is dirty energy. ‘This technology belongs in the last century. It’s a climate nightmare which should not be inflicted on any community” concluded Ms Immig.’
The petition was presented to the Richmond Valley Council Chambers yesterday.