Author Archives: Allentown Residents for Clean Air

Clean Air Ordinance will be on the November ballot…

…if Allentown City Council doesn’t vote for it first.

The Home Rule Charter allows Council 60 days to pass the ordinance themselves.  Today – May 21st – is Day 29; they have until June 21st.  The Ordinance was introduced at the May 15th Council meeting, and will be discussed (and open to public comments) at a Committee of the Whole meeting.  Stay tuned for that date!

City Clerk says that Clean Air Ordinance got enough signatures!

So simple, yet so satisfying:

“The City Clerk’s Office has reviewed your petitions and found them to be sufficient.”

Meaning that more than 2,000 of the 3,500 signatures that we collected turned out to be from registered Allentown voters. *whew*

This means that City Council has 60 days to adopt the Clean Air Ordinance themselves. If they vote against it or fail to consider it for 60 days, the Ordinance can appear on the ballot in November and the citizens of Allentown can adopt it.

To everyone who petitioned: Great job! You’re making democracy possible.

Special thanks to Mike Hanlon, Tawanna Whitehead, and everyone who helped the City Clerk’s office in the painstaking task of verifying the signers.

Why we oppose incineration.

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Incineration turns waste into toxic air pollution and toxic ash, which would be dumped in area landfills, making them even more toxic to groundwater than they usually are.

Incineration is the most expensive and polluting way to make energy or to dispose of waste. Real solutions like reuse, recycling and composting produce 10 times as many jobs as burning or burying waste. San Francisco just reached 80% diversion from landfills and incinerators through their zero waste program.

To learn about how toxic, dangerous, expensive and unnecessary incinerators are, see:

Incineration: Myths vs. Facts on “Waste-to-Energy”
http://www.energyjustice.net/files/incineration/myths.pdf

Incineration and Incinerators-in-Disguise
http://www.energyjustice.net/incineration/