Friday, December 21, 2012

Please take these men off the Nice List, Santa!

Kirstie Pecci
          Art drawn by: Brad Goodwin

Dear Santa Claus --

I am sorry to bother you during such a busy time of year, but I have  to ask that Ken Kimmell, Rick Sullivan and Deval Patrick be taken off  of your Nice List.  As you probably know, these men are the  Commissioner of the Massachusetts DEP, the Secretary of the  Environment and the Governor of Massachusetts, and they want to lift  the incinerator moratorium because they claim that we don't have  enough disposal capacity.

These men have been naughty because:
(1) If the MassDEP strengthened and enforced its own regulations to  recycle plastics, metal, paper, and cardboard and compost organics  like food and yard waste, we would have more than enough disposal  capacity for decades to come.  Every day waste banned materials are  illegally burned or buried at waste disposal facilities and MassDEP is  turning a blind eye.  Our landfills are filling up with materials that  can be recycled and MassDEP is not holding facility operators, garbage  haulers, businesses, institutions and municipalities accountable.  

Only 3 penalties have been issued in the last three years.  As a man who visits millions of homes in one night, you must agree that  Commissioner Kimmell, Secretary Sullivan and Governor Patrick's  attempt to lift the moratorium after making little effort to enforce  existing regulations is very naughty.

(2) New incinerators emit the same pollutants as the old ones.   These men are charged with protecting our health.  Ignoring that charge is very, very naughty.

Finally, the Patrick Administration solicited input from the  scientific community, industry, citizens and any other interested  stakeholders on this issue.  They determined in 2009 that lifting the incinerator moratorium didn't make any sense.  Nothing has changed.  I hate to do it, Santa, but I have to ask you to put coal, (or more appropriately, incinerator ash?) in Commissioner Kimmell, Secretary Sullivan and Governor Patrick's stockings.

Thank you, as always, for the gifts you gave me and my family last year.  Merry Christmas!

Your friend,
Kirstie Pecci


  1. I guess we better get out of town before we can add an incinerator to our growling list of health hazards in this town.

  2. three more health hazards you forgot Clark, Nikolla ,Clemence!

  3. totally agree "Clean House". Clark needs to GO, asap.


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