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1 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Rock-Tenn Community Advisory Panel October 22, 2007

2 Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Air Pollution Effects Acid RainAcid Rain Climate ChangeClimate Change Economic EffectsEconomic Effects Environmental EffectsEnvironmental Effects Global WarmingGlobal Warming Health EffectsHealth Effects Heat Island EffectHeat Island Effect Risk AssessmentRisk Assessment

3 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel NAB Mission Neighbors Against the Burner speaks with a community voice to protect the people and natural resources of Minnesota by supporting sustainable, safe, and clean energy production and rejecting unsafe, polluting, and outdated technologies such as incineration.

4 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel “We have no preconceived idea as to what that recommendation will be.” - Kenneth Johnson, President Saint Paul Port Authority Saint Paul Port Authority September 21, 2007 September 21, 2007

5 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel “We don't have any models that are without RDF.” - Jack Greenshields Rock-Tenn plant manager Rock-Tenn plant manager TC Daily Planet, March 9, 2007 TC Daily Planet, March 9, 2007

6 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel To get an economically feasible plant working at Rock-Tenn, you have to have a certain amount of RDF.” “To get an economically feasible plant working at Rock-Tenn, you have to have a certain amount of RDF.” –Anders Rydaker District Energy Pioneer Press, March 3, 2007

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10 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Minnesota Legislation M.S : A “biomass” burner is allowed to burn 30 percent RDF (garbage) M.S.216B.2424: Even Broader Exemptions and Flexibilities

11 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel What is in RDF? What’s in the GARBAGE you throw away... Fluff Pellets

12 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel

13 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel June 13, 2007 Thomas & Friends: recall of 1.5 million wooden railway toys Source:http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId = &version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1 August 14, 2007 Mattel recalls over 9 million toys Source: September 26, 2007 “Toys and children's necklaces made in China were recalled Wednesday” Consumer Product Safety Commission. Source:http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detail?contentId= &versio n=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=1.1.1

14 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel September 12, 2007 Fixit: Smoke alarm beeps? Sensor may be dusty By Karen Youso, Star Tribune Last update: September 12, 2007 – 4:20 PM “To dispose of a smoke detector, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recommends contacting the manufacturer (by phone or website) to see if it has a take-back program. Smoke detectors contain a small amount of radioactive material and should be returned to the manufacturer for disposal. If that is not possible, remove the batteries and place the detector in the trash.”

15 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel 6 Ambient Air Pollutants Nitrogen OxidesNitrogen Oxides –Acid rain, ozone, global warming Sulfur DioxideSulfur Dioxide –Acid rain, smog, asthma Carbon MonoxideCarbon Monoxide –Heart disease, nervous system poison LeadLead –Damages organs, nerves and the brain OzoneOzone Particles (dust) — PM 10 and PM 2.5Particles (dust) — PM 10 and PM 2.5

16 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Ozone Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground-level ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure may permanently scar lung tissue. - EPA

17 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Particulate Matter Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathingIncreased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing Decreased lung functionDecreased lung function Aggravated asthmaAggravated asthma Development of chronic bronchitisDevelopment of chronic bronchitis Irregular heartbeatIrregular heartbeat Nonfatal heart attacksNonfatal heart attacks Premature death in people with heart or lung diseasePremature death in people with heart or lung disease - EPA

18 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Carbon Dioxide Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement

19 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Sulfur Dioxide Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement

20 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Nitrogen Oxides Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement

21 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Particulate Matter Excel Energy: St. Paul Monthly Statement

22 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Other Pollutants “Incinerator emissions are a major source of fine particulates, of toxic metals, and of more than 200 organic compounds, including known carcinogens, mutagens, and hormone disruptors.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005.

23 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Short List Beryllium, mercury, carbon dioxide, lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, halogenated hydrocarbons, acid gases, greenhouse gases, incinerator ash, PCBs Dioxins, furans, nanoparticles and undefined compounds

24 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel “Since the nature of waste is continually changing, so is the chemical nature of the incinerator emissions, and therefore the potential for adverse health effects.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005.

25 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Dioxins rarely occur in natureDioxins rarely occur in nature Agent Orange, Love CanalAgent Orange, Love Canal Created through the burning of plastics and chlorine at very high temperaturesCreated through the burning of plastics and chlorine at very high temperatures Act on the cellular level, meaning there is no safe dosage; any amount of dioxin can trigger an unhealthy reaction such as cancerAct on the cellular level, meaning there is no safe dosage; any amount of dioxin can trigger an unhealthy reaction such as cancer Sources: EPA and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy Dioxins

26 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel In addition to causing cancer, dioxins have been linked to birth defects, infertility, learning disabilities, immune suppression, and hormonal effectsIn addition to causing cancer, dioxins have been linked to birth defects, infertility, learning disabilities, immune suppression, and hormonal effects There is no emissions technology that eliminates or even sufficiently reduces dioxins from a garbage burnerThere is no emissions technology that eliminates or even sufficiently reduces dioxins from a garbage burner Dioxins, cont. Sources: EPA and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

27 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel EPA on Dioxins 84% come from waste incinerators (1999)84% come from waste incinerators (1999) “Dioxins have the potential to produce a broad spectrum of adverse effects in humans by altering cell growth and development, causing cancer, and suppressing the immune system”“Dioxins have the potential to produce a broad spectrum of adverse effects in humans by altering cell growth and development, causing cancer, and suppressing the immune system” Exposure to dioxin occurs over a lifetime, and the danger is cumulativeExposure to dioxin occurs over a lifetime, and the danger is cumulative

28 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Health Impacts Proven “Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators: the results are consistent with the associations being causal. A number of smaller epidemiological studies support this interpretation and suggest that the range of illnesses produced by incineration may be much wider.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators,” 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005.

29 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel “We recommend that no further waste incinerators be built.” “The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators”; 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Dr. Jeremy Thompson and Dr. Honor Anthony. December 2005.

30 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Dying Industry # of U.S. Garbage Incinerators Federal Reserve Bank, March 2005

31 October 22, 2007Rock Tenn Community Advisory Panel Keep St. Paul United “Neighbors Against the Burner speaks with a community voice to protect the people and natural resources of Minnesota by supporting sustainable, safe and clean energy production and rejecting unsafe, polluting and outdated technologies such as incineration.”


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