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An industrial incinerator frames a church playground in Midlothian, TX. A wide array of toxic pollutants from nearly all commercial/industrial waste-burning incinerators across America are currently not regulated by the EPA.
(Photo courtesy of Samantha Bornhorst)
Article October 6, 2014

20 Years, Yet EPA Still Fails to Protect Us From Polluting Incinerators

Recognizing the threat incinerators pose to public health, Congress directed the EPA to set strict limits on all waste-burning incinerators by 1994. Twenty years later, EPA has only set pollution limits for 106 of the about 15,000 total facilities across the country.

An industrial incinerator, as viewed from a church playground in Midlothian, Texas.
(Photo courtesy of Samantha Bornhorst)
case October 3, 2014

Protecting Communities from the Toxic Pollution of Waste-Burning Incinerators

Commercial/industrial waste-burning incinerators burn waste produced from utilities and mining, oil and gas operations or from the manufacturing of wood and pulp products, chemicals and rubber. About 15,000 incinerators are scattered across our country. Recognizing the threat these incinerators pose to public health, Congress directed the Environmental Protection Agency to set strict limits on all…

document October 3, 2014

Environmental Opening Brief

Opening brief in challenge to EPA's standards for incinerators, kilns, and other waste burning units.

document October 3, 2014

Declaration of Becky Bornhorst

Becky is a resident of DeSoto, TX, and a board member of Downwinders at Risk, a grassroots citizens group organized to oppose cement plant pollution in North Texas.

document November 26, 2012

2012 Emissions Reductions Estimates Memo (EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0119-2660)

A memorandum from the U.S. EPA to Eastern Research Group, Inc. on the Final Reconsideration Baseline Emissions and Emissions Reductions Estimates for Existing CISWI Units.