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LETTER: Facts about ‘Ash for Trash’ proposal

• Facilities are not required to report PM 2.5 emissions at this time. These are the ultra-fine particles that do the most harm to lungs.

• According to the county health department, the incidences of breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer are higher in Onondaga County compared to NYS and the U.S. According to the NYS department of health, “Breast cancer is more than 50 percent above expected” in areas surrounding the incinerator. The address of the incinerator is located within one unique “cancer highlighted area” which had elevated counts. The counts for lung and bronchus cancers were above what was to be expected.

Maximizing burning our trash at the expense of public health is a lose-lose.

It’s time that Onondaga County support recycling, composting, waste reduction and hazardous material collection without putting county residents at risk. Bottom line, they just weren’t honest about tip fees, contracts signed and actual pollution from incineration. What else aren’t they telling us? Additional cancer cases are acceptable to whom? The scoping comment period ended Friday, Feb. 28.

VICKI BAKER

JAMESVILLE

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