Last week Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced he would maintain the existing moratorium, in place since 1990, on new facilities for incineration of municipal solid waste. Environmentalists applauded the decision, but those in the waste-to-energy industry said the state is ignoring the environmental benefits of modern waste-to-energy plants.
While it is commendable that the governor has taken a stance and shown genuine interest in managing the state´s waste, it is not practical.
It does not make sense to keep a 20-year-old law in place on something that is driven by ever-changing technology. Waste-to-energy facilities have evolved a lot since 1990, and will adapt as necessary in the future to environmental rules and new regulations.
The state should explore all options and new technologies when it comes to managing its waste. Excluding a viable option is not in the state´s best interest.
(Dec. 21 iss)