Zombie March Against Killer Incinerator

We Zombies are UNDEAD and UNCOMPROMISING! That’s why we are taking action to shut down Seattle Steam’s incinerator next to Pike Place Market that is now filling the air with lethal pollution.

Seattle Steam is burning dirty waste wood in its incinerator on Western Avenue. This dirty fuel emits pollution so lethal the American Lung Association states it can kill “on the very day of exposure”.

JOIN US AS ZOMBIES! WE NEED TO MASS AND STOP THIS KILLER INCINERATOR! We will gather at the park just north of Pike Place Market. We will party at the park then “zombie-shamble” to the incinerator and to the market. People need to know how lethal this incinerator is. We zombies will tell them. We zombies will have fun scaring Seattle Steam into shutting down.

Residents of the Pike Place Market neighborhood are already falling sick from this toxic pollution. Many of these folks are low income, elderly and disabled. They must be protected. All of us must be protected. Seattle Steam’s incinerator must be shut down!

(all folks welcome)

Seattle Steam’s lawyer is threatening to sue one of our Environmental Justice folks for “defamation and commercial disparagement” since our campaign has been telling the lethal truth about Seattle Steam’s toxic incinerator near Pike Place Market and its much larger incinerator planned near Pioneer Square. The lawyer’s threatening letter came only days after our February11 Die-In at the market.

Click here to download the letter (PDF)

This an outrage, so… Let’s show this legal Hit Man that Occupy Seattle has changed the rules. Let’s show Seattle Steam that its killer incinerator will no longer be allowed to threaten the lives and health of the people of Seattle. Overwhelming medical evidence caused the American Lung Association to state in its 2008 State of the Air Report (pg. 42/204) about particulate matter pollution like the Seattle Steam incinerator emits right now by Pike Place Market: “First and foremost, short-term exposure to particle pollution can kill. Deaths can occur on the very day that particle levels are high.” (http://www.lungusa.org/assets/documents/publications/state-of-the-air/state-of-the-air-report-2008.)

One Seattle Steam incinerator is already making Pike Place Market neighbors ill, say residents. The huge 50MW, $80M incinerator planned near Pioneer Square would emit hundreds of tons of killer particle pollution. AND, Seattle City Council’s “District Energy” scheme would drastically ramp up this lethal pollution by removing city buildings from low emission hydro-power and powering them by burning the dirtiest fuel of all, wood…while Seattle Steam rakes in more than $500M over the next 20 years profiting from ‘sweetheart’, no-bid city contracts.

Here is the exhaustive list of medical and scientific citations Occupy Seattle Environmental Justice always includes in campaign literature to educate folks about the lethal threat of Seattle Steam’s incinerators:

1. Pike Place Market incinerator (1319 Western Ave.): Burning wood emits more particulate matter (PM) than coal combustion, per unit of energy produced. Source: industry fillings and analyses accepted by EPA, per Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD, Cambridge, MA
2. Pioneer Square incinerator (633 Post Ave.): Would emit 166 tons per year of PM. Source: DOE EA, 6/10
3. Both incinerators: “Short term exposure to particle pollution can kill”. Source: American Lung Association
4. Both incinerators: PM can kill on “the very day of exposure”, when PM levels are high. Source: ALA
5. Both incinerators: PM is a health hazard with no safe level of exposure. Sources: American Heart Association & EPA
6. Both incinerators: Health effects of PM: premature death, heart attacks, cancer, strokes, lung function changes in children, heart arrhythmias, chronic lung disease, higher ER admissions. Source: EPA
7. Both incinerators: The smallest PM, nano-PM, is the most dangerous PM. Source: AHA
8. Both incinerators: No pollution control device can effectively reduce nano-PM. Sources: Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD, Cambridge, MA, and Air & Waste Management Association.
9. Both incinerators: Nano-PM is completely unregulated. Source: Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD and WA air pollution agencies
10. Both incinerators: Nano-PM is so small it enters our blood directly through our lungs—and attacks our bodies systemically. Source: American Lung Association State of the Air Report-2008
11. Both incinerators: Nano-PM is now being associated with congenital conditions, lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Sources: Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD, Cambridge, MA and Block & Calderon-Garciduenas
12. Both incinerators: Nano-PM is not stopped by any human body barriers, including the blood-brain barrier and the placenta. Source: Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD, Cambridge, MA and Block & Calderon-Garciduenas, 2009
13. Pike Place Market incinerator: Burning wood emits more CO2 than burning coal, per unit of energy produced. CO2 is the leading greenhouse gas causing climate change. Source: Manomet study, Boston, MA, 6/10.
14. Pioneer Square incinerator: 207,000 tons per year of carbon dioxide would be emitted. Source: DOE EA.
15. Both incinerators: No pollution control devices are available to reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions.
16. Pike Place Market incinerator: Burning wood emits more nitrogen oxides (NOx) than burning coal, per unit of energy produced, according to industry filings and analyses accepted by the EPA.
17. Pioneer Square incinerator: Would emit 31 tons/yr. of NOx and Volatile Organic Compounds. DOE EA
18. Both incinerators: NOx and VOCs attack human respiratory systems and cause ground level ozone that causes asthma in children. Source: Dr. Wm. Sammons, MD, Cambridge, MA
19. Pike Place Market incinerator: Wood construction debris (“urban wood”) can be contaminated with toxic substances including paint, asbestos, resins, and glues that defy industry attempts at removal.
20. Pike Place Market incinerator: Wood combustion emits dioxin. Dioxin produces cancer at far lower concentrations than any of more than 600 chemicals studied by the EPA. Source: EPA
21. Pike Place Market incinerator: Wood combustion emits 6.5 times more of 4 toxic pollutants that attack human respiratory systems than burning natural gas does. Two of these pollutants are lethal. Sources: (1) “Biomass Environmental Impacts” study, Dr. Jeffry Morris, Sound Resource Management, November, 2010; (2) EPA; ,and (3) PSCAA.
22. Both incinerators: Seattle Steam has been awarded more than $55M in federal subsidies to build and retrofit its two downtown incinerators. More state & city subsidies would come under the District Energy scheme. Press /web accounts
23. Both incinerators: It is obscene to subsidize a highly polluting corporation in a time of budget free-fall—or ever.