A cancer prevention group has launched a new website to inform Canadians about the carcinogenic agents emitted by incinerators.
Prevent Cancer Now (PCN) is hoping the website will educate and inspire Canadians to dissuade municipalities from adopting “energy-from-waste” incineration technologies as a way of managing household waste.
“Neither the politicians singing the praises of incineration, nor the consultants hired to lobby for or obtain approvals, are giving the public the information they need to assess the full impacts of incineration projects,” said Linda Gasser, PCN’s Incineration Campaign Coordinator.
According to Health Canada, the biggest source of dioxins and furans is the large-scale burning of municipal and medical waste.
New incineration projects, also called gasification or pyrolysis, are currently being considered in Metro Vancouver, Red Deer, Ottawa, and the Southern Ontario regions of Durham and Port Hope.
The PCN website also contains information on known or suspected carcinogens like cosmetic pesticides and asbestos, which the group says Public Works Canada is still promoting for use in its federal buildings — despite a recommended ban from the World Health Organization.
PCN is renewing its call on the federal government to phase-out and eliminate all known or suspected carcinogens in manufacturing and industrial processes, food production and consumer products.
The Let’s Say ‘No’ to Incineration in Canada page is available at PCN’s website: