Waste Incineration

Covanta opposition testimony Aug 2017 group photoOregon PSR and 350 Salem after the Metro Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee heard testimony in opposition
sending 200,000 tons of the Portland area's trash to the Covanta Marion Waste-to-Energy incinerator in Brooks, OR in 2017.

Oregon PSR's Healthy Climate Program opposes waste incineration. We have been active in opposing incineration of municipal and medical waste in Marion County, in opposing pyrolysis proposals in Tigard and plasma gasification proposals in Arlington and other communities, and in promoting expanded programs for waste prevention and reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and community education. We work in Oregon and beyond to educate elected officials and the public regarding meeting our inter-related resource, energy, waste, environmental, and human health needs in a sustainable and just fashion.

Oregon PSR testimony to Oregon DEQ opposing Air Quality Permit renewal to Covanta Marion (11/18/19)

Health & Environmental Justice Groups Applaud Metro Council Decision to Abandon Waste Incineration Proposal (8/8/17)

Read our letter to Metro Council (7/24/17) asking them to oppose sending waste to the Covanta incinerator. The letter was initiated by Oregon PSR, NAACP Portland and Neighbors for Clean Air, with 12 other organizations supporting our position.

Notes on Metro Waste to Energy Incineration 2nd Health Impact Assessment Workshop by Joe Miller, Oregon PSR (6/13/17)

Comments from Joe Miller, Oregon PSR, re: Draft HIA on Metro's WTE Incineration Proposal (5/31/17)

Oregon PSR Recommendation that Metro Decide Against Adoption of its Waste-to-Energy Incineration Proposal (10/7/16)