19 Jul '11, 1pm

Local people still fighting plans for huge incinerator in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

Image credit: Friends of the Earth UK Waste-to-energy incineration plants are often a controversial topic. While fancy incinerator-turned-ski-hill projects are a hit in the design-minded blogosphere, others worry about both air quality concerns and the notion that incineration can distract us from better uses for waste like recycling or, gasp, not generating the stuff in the first place. One former coal mining community is up in arms over a planned mega-incinerator. As they pick up their fight, they show that it has often been the residents in resource-rich areas that have suffered the worst side effects of the fossil fuel economy—and provide a powerful reminder that the coming green industrial revolution can and must bring these economically marginalized communities along for the ride. From birth defects surrounding mountaintop removal coal mines , to the subsequent attem...

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