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Welcome

Welcome to the Incinerator Free Brown County (IFBC) website (formerly known as the Biomass Opposition Committee). The IFBC is a group of citizens from Brown County Wisconsin who oppose efforts to build incinerators (by whatever semantic label the incineration industry tries to call their projects, such as pyrolysis, gasification, plasma arc, etc...) in Brown County because of the significant environmental, health, and economic hazards incineration brings to the surrounding area. The IFBC believes everyone in Brown County has a right to cleaner air, soil and water without risking contamination by incinerators.

Currently, the Oneida Seven Generation Corporation is attempting to construct a $23 million, 60,000-square-foot plant that would use incineration labeled pyrolysis gasification to reduce trash to ash and which hopes to generate 5 megawatts of power per day to be sold to Wisconsin Public Service although the permit for the latest location at 1230 Hurlbut Street in the City of Green Bay was revoked by the city of Green Bay for fraud/misrepresentation in obtaining the permit.  If one of these facilities is built in Brown County, the affected communities include: Green Bay, Allouez, Howard, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, Ledgeview, Hobart & De Pere.

The IFBC believes trash incineration schemes bring the following impacts for everyone in Brown County:

ENVIRONMENTAL

  1. Fly-ash contamination of air, soil and water from toxic dioxins, mercury, lead, heavy metals, carbon dioxide and other pollutants will be introduced into the surrounding environment.
  2. Up to 1330 pounds of toxic fly ash discharged every day creating an extensive fall out hot zone well beyond Lambeau Field.
  3. Tons of remaining incinerated ash containing the above elements that still needs to have a safe disposal location identified.

HEALTH

  1. Harmful substances in garbage "fly-ash" can be lethal, causing cancer, heart attacks, strokes, birth defects, asthma and pulmonary disease
  2. Fly ash toxins enter the food supply and concentrate up through the food chain
  3. Incinerator workers and people living within 20 miles of incinerators are at particularly high risk

ECONOMIC

Contamination from this incinerator may force relocation of new and existing businesses and residents and reduce the tax base. More of tax dollars will be needed to replace these lost tax dollars. Incineration is a very expensive means of destroying valuable resources, burning much-needed recycling jobs, and producing minimal electricity. This incinerator scheme brings the following economic impacts for everyone:

  1. Plummeting property values = higher taxes for everyone else
  2. Capital intensive and high risk operations, high clean up costs, low profit margins
  3. Wasteful misallocation of unspent state and federal stimulus money

Incinerator Free Brown County teamed up with Clean Water Action Council on billboards to show opposition to the Oneida Seven Generations Corporation's (OSGC) proposed trash incineration scheme on the northwest side of Green Bay that proposes to turn garbage into electricity. The billboards are located on W. Mason St. bridge, Main St. by Walmart, Lombardi Avenue at Ridge, and HWY 172 in Ashwaubenon. The Corporation, tribally chartered and owned, claims that it is not an incinerator, and at one time even claimed there would be no smoke stacks until smokestacks appeared on the plan (3 of which reach 60 feet in height). Literature available on pyrolysis shows it heats material to 1200 degrees, creates an toxic ash-like material called char, and releases toxins through air emissions, contaminated water, and the contaminated char. Pretty much just another incinerator. At this time, there are no municipal pyrolysis plants successfully operating in the U.S. After a legal threat by Corporation's attorney, our media company refused our ad because it used the word incinerator in the phrase, "no incinerator." We changed the phrase to "We don't want it!" which began running at midnight today. Should a second legal threat be made, it would certainly indicate the concern Oneida Seven Generations Corporation has with the public's negative perception of their incineration scheme.

Incinerators DO NOT get rid of landfills...  They create piles of toxic ash like this one in Haverhill, MA at Covanta's Incinerator.  For every 5 truckloads of trash burned, 4 truckloads are pumped into the atmosphere and ONE truckload remains as toxic ash which must be carefully landfilled.