2010 April 8: FL Gainesville: Ronald Saff: Scrap the biomass plant

2010 April 8: FL Gainesville: Ronald Saff: Scrap the biomass plant

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 3:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 3:23 p.m.
The City of Gainesville should scrap the proposed unnecessary 100 MW ‘biomass’power plant. Incineration increases green house gases in the atmosphere causing  a  rise in global temperatures and harmful consequences to human health. There is evidence for a  relationship between air emissions exposure and lung cancer.

Emission of  hazardous gases such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen oxides. Particulate matter from incineration  interferes with normal lung development, reduces lung function, increases episodes asthma, emphysema, pneumonia and bronchitis; aggravates heart disease; chronic obstructive lung disease; chronic bronchitis; and  increases the risk of cancer and genetic mutations. Pregnant mothers exposed to high levels of air pollution give birth to children with an increasd risk of stunted IQs.
 
The Florida Medical Association supports development of comprehensive programs for resource conservation, recycling and composting and the Massachusetts Medical Society called 3 proposed biomass plants there "an unacceptable public health risk."  Conservation, efficiencyand solar are what we need to protect public health
Ronald Saff, M.D.,
Member,
Florida Medical Association Environment and Health Section
Tallahassee
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