Diane talks with Damian Paletta, economics editor at the Washington Post.
As garbage landfills fall out of favor and recycling programs struggle to handle all of the trash, some cities and counties are beginning to rethink incineration. An emerging solution: Waste-to-energy facilities, incinerators that convert garbage into energy. While newer to the U.S., they are common in Europe. Proponents of these plants argue that these incinerators have state-of-the-art pollution controls and emit less greenhouse gases than landfills. But these facilities are expensive, often costing more than $1 billion. And some environmentalists warn these facilities still emit mercury, lead and other pollution.
- Danielle Baussan Managing director of energy policy, Center for American Progress.
- Eric Schaeffer Executive director, Environmental Integrity Project. He served as director of EPA's Office of Civil Enforcement from 1997 to 2002.
- Paul Gilman Senior vice president and chief sustainability officer, Covanta.
- Mark Hammond Executive director, Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Florida.
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