The science is clear - burning trash is just not an environmentally sound strategy and it disproportionately impacts people of color. Currently the EPA is sometimes promoting the burning of trash as a green power source. This needs to stop.
From the letter:
Nearly three quarters of the nation’s trash incinerators are among the top three industrial air polluters in their counties, 57% are among the top two, and 31% top the list, according to data from EPA’s National Emissions Inventory.
This air pollution contributes to asthma attacks, cancers, birth defects, heart attacks, strokes, and a myriad of other public health problems, exacerbating existing health disparities considering where the largest and most polluting incinerators sit. Studies that have found connections between trash incinerators and public health primarily notice increased cancers, respiratory diseases and symptoms, and cardiovascular diseases.