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JULY 22, 2002
6:54 PM
CONTACT:  Public Concern Temiskaming / Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
Monica Wilson, GAIA, (510) 524-4000 x104
Barb Bukowski, Public Concern Temiskaming, (705) 476-7640
Charlie Angus, Public Concern Temiskaming, (705) 647-1533
80 International Organizations Speak Out Against Ontario’s PCB Import Plan

BERKELEY, CA / KIRKLAND LAKE, ONTARIO, CA - July 22 - The plan to import and burn dioxin/PCB contaminated waste at the proposed Bennett incinerator is drawing international heat. Representatives from 80 public interest groups in 29 countries have signed a petition condemning the Ontario Conservative plan to open Northern Ontario up to PCB import and burning. The petition, circulated by the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), draws particular attention to the woeful state of Ontario’s Environmental Assessment process.

Monica Wilson, spokesperson for GAIA network, says the proposed Bennett incinerator is an issue that people everywhere need to be concerned about. "As a violation of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) guidelines, and of basic common sense, we urge the Ontario government to turn down the application for the Bennett toxic waste incinerator. Instead of building new incinerators for toxic waste from other places, the government of Ontario should push for safer, non-incineration technology to treat PCBs and other toxic waste at the source."

If approved, the Bennett incinerator would be the largest of its kind in the country and handle toxic waste from across NAFTA designated countries.

The GAIA network has described the Northern Ontario/Quebec grassroots campaign against Bennett as “very inspiring.” The petition includes signatories from Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Uruguay and the United States.

Barb Bukowski, of Public Concern Temiskaming, says the international attention has been a real boost for northern residents.

“We’ve been working full out to show this government that northern residents will not allow this project to go ahead,” says Bukowski. “Having international support means a great deal to people here. The Ontario government has to be held accountable for their disgraceful record in protecting the health and environment of this province.”

Whereas the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act has been significantly weakened with regard to the regulations concerning the siting of landfills, incinerators and other project proposals thereby allowing Northern Ontario to be unduly targeted as a waste zone and;

Whereas American experience has shown that all, even state of the art incinerators, produce and emit, dioxins, furans, lead, mercury, and cadmium at levels that create significant measurable health impacts on the affected communities; and, Whereas the proposed Bennett incinerator is in violation of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) guidelines;

We, the undersigned, petition you, as the Premier of the Province of Ontario, to turn down the current application for the Bennett toxic waste incinerator proposed for Kirkland Lake and;

We, the undersigned, further petition you, as Premier of the Province of Ontario, to replace the current Environmental Assessment Act with legislation that gives affected communities a full environmental assessment including intervenor funding, and a comprehensive and public hearing.


Dr. Lilian Corra, Asociación Argentina de Medicos por el Medio Ambiente, Argentina Ms. Veronica Odriozola, Toxics Campaign Coordinator, Greenpeace Argentina, Dr. Elena Manvelyan, Head, Armenian Women for Healthy Environment, Armenia Mr. Ameer Hossain Chowdhury, Executive Secretary, Institute for Environment and Development Studies /Friends of the Earth, Bangladesh Mr. Eugeniy Lobanov, Project Coordinator, Foundation for the Realization of Ideas, Belarus Fred De Baere, President, Belgian Platform Environment and Health, Belgium Mr. Jeffer Castelo Branco, Associação de Combate aos POPs/ Associação de Consciência à Prevenção Ocupacional, Brazil Ms Tanja Noponen, Volunteer, Nucleo Amigos de Terra/Friends of the Earth,Brazil Mr. Steve Lawson, National Coordinator, First Nations Environmental Network, Canada Mr. Rich Whate, Toxics Program Coordinator, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Canada Ms. Delores Broten, Reach for Unbleached, BC, Canada Mr. John Jackson, Coordinator, Citizens' Network on Waste Management, Canada Mr. Petr Hrdina, Vice-Chairperson, ARNIKA, Czech Republic Ms. Jocelyne Le Boulicaut, NISEM, France Mr. Nityanand Jayaraman, CorpWatch India, India Mr. Rajesh Rangarajan, Toxics Link, India Mr. Kisan Mehta, Save Bombay Committee, India Ms. Priya Salvi, PRAKRUTI, India Mr. Ashish Fernandes, Sanctuary Magazine, India Mr. Jayakumar C., Coordinator, Thanal Conservation Action and Information Network, India Mr. Debi Goenka, Bombay Environmental Action Group, India Ms. Jyotsna Chauhan, President, JCA- Society of Jyotsna Chauhan, India Ms. Aine Suttle, Secretary, Galway for a Safe Environment, Ireland Ms. Sharon Shemesh, Toxic Campaigner, Greenpeace Mediterranean, Israel Mr. Kawana Hideyuki, Member, Stop Dioxin Pollution Kanto Network, Japan Mr. Junichi Sato, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Japan, Japan Ms. Susan Siew, Co-Director, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, Malaysia Ms. Maureen Penjueli, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Australia/ Pacific, New Zealand Ms. Sharon O'Callaghan, Administrative Officer, Greenpeace NZ Inc, New Zealand Mr. Kees Bon, Northland Researcher, Dioxins Investigation Network, New Zealand Ms. Asma Hussain, P and D Coordinator, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment, Pakistan Mr. Tanveer Arif, Chief Executive Officer, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment, Pakistan Ms. Tesa de Vela, Information and Communication Administrator, Asia Gender and Trade Network, Philippines Mr. Roberto Verzola, Secretary General, Philippine Greens, Philippines Dr. Dante G. Simbulan, Jr., Coordinator, AGAPE-GREENS, Philippines Dr. Helen N. Mendoza, Trustee, Sun of Justice and Peace, Philippines Dr. Helen N. Mendoza, President, Tanggol Kalikasan/Environmental Legal Defense Group, Philippines Mr. Roberto Mina, Chairperson, Cavite Green Coalition, Philippines Ms. Sonia Mendoza, President, Mother Earth Unlimited, Philippines Ms. Jovelyn T. Cleofe, Executive Director,CERD, Inc., Philippines Mr. Francis Joseph dela Cruz, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Philippines Mr. Von Hernandez, Asia Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace International, Philippines Mr. Manny C. Calonzo, Assistant Coordinator, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, Philippines Mr.Glusznyski, Waste Prevention Association “3R”, Poland Ms.Elena Vasilyeva, Director, IC "Volgograd-Ecopress", Russia Ms.Valentina Voronina, Project Manajer, "Natura", Russia Mr. Dmitry Grushevsky, RIA "21Century", Russia Ms Maja Bavdaz Solce, President,DEA Klub - Citizens Anti-toxic Action Slovenia Ms. Sandile Ndawonde, Green Action Network, South Africa Ms. Marie Lou Roux, Habitat Council, South Africa Yu Jin Soo, General Secretary, Cheonan Young Men Christian Association, South Korea Jung Hyung-Young, Hong Song Young Men Christian Association, South Korea Mr. Suyol Hong, Coordinator, Korea Waste Movement Network, South Korea Ms. Joan Baptiste Mollà Fenollosa, Mussolteatre, Spain Mr. Silvani E. Mng’anya, Executive Secretary, AGENDA for Environment and Responsible Development, Tanzania Mr. George Chen, Executive Director, Taiwan Watch Institute, Taiwan Mr. Herlin Hsieh, Assistant Researcher, Taiwan Watch Institute, Taiwan Ms. Penchom Tang, Coordinator, Campaign for Alternative Industry Network, Thailand Mr. Tara Buakamsri, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Thailand Ms. Banu Dokcimesibaci, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace Mediterranean, Turkey Ms. Dorothy Skrytek, Coordinator, Derby Friends of the Earth, UK Ms. Nikki Clarke, Chairperson, DerbySwerve the SWERF- It’s Bad for the Earth, UK Mr. Rob Hill , Webmaster, No Incinerators For Europe, UK Mr. Phil Scott, Sandwich Action Group for the Environment, UK Ms. Nora Briozzo, Social Work Coordinator, Redes Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth, Uruguay Mr Joselito Laudencia, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, USA Ms. Lucinda Hodges, Director, Alberton Community Coalition for Environmental Health, USA Ms. Linda Langness, Co-chair, Boundary County Concerned Citizens, USA Ms. Kristin S. Schafer, Program Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network North America, USA Mr. Mike Schade, Citizens' Environmental Coalition, USA Mr. Cyrus Reed,Project Director, Border Trade & Environment Project/Project Director, Texas Environmental Tax and Fee Reform Project, Texas Center for Policy Studies, USA Dr. Neil Seldman, President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, USA Mr. Alan Muller, Executive Director, Green Delaware, USA Dr. Joe Parrish, US Environmental Watch, USA Terri Swearingen, Executive Director, Tri-State Environmental Council, USA Dr. Paul Connett, Professor of Chemistry, St, Lawrence University, USA Ms. Ellen Connett, Editor, Waste Not, USA


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