Cancer Prevention Network Warns of Growing Incineration Trend in Canada

    Launches Website to Help Communities Fight New Incineration Schemes

    OTTAWA, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Prevent Cancer Now (PCN), a Canada-wide
network to eliminate preventable causes of cancer, launched a new website
( today to provide communities across Canada facing
incineration proposals with a resource toolkit to fight the dangerous
    Incinerators emit hundreds of pollutants to our air, land and water every
single day, including cancer-causing agents that build-up in our bodies.
Health Canada states that the large-scale burning of municipal and medical
waste is the biggest source of dioxins and furans. "We need a comprehensive
cancer prevention strategy that phases out and eliminates known carcinogens
like dioxins - not allow their increased production," stated Diana Daghofer,
PCN Chairperson. "That's why we've taken this action. Governments aren't
providing leadership on this issue - so we will," added Daghofer.
    Across Canada, domestic and international companies are aggressively
promoting "energy-from-waste" incineration technology to municipalities as a
way to 'manage' household waste. New incineration projects (also called
gasification or pyrolysis) are currently being considered across Canada,
including in Metro Vancouver, Red Deer Alberta, Ottawa, and two proposals in
Southern Ontario (Durham & Port Hope).
    Linda Gasser, PCN's Incineration Campaign Coordinator, said the new
incineration toolkit will allow citizens to become informed and thus better
prepared to evaluate projects under consideration. "Neither the politicians
singing the praises of incineration, nor the consultants hired to lobby for or
obtain approvals, are giving the public the information they need to assess
the full impacts of incineration projects. They are promoting incineration as
a "safe and sensible" waste disposal option - but the evidence leads us to
conclude that incineration is neither," added Gasser.
    PCN is renewing its call on the Canadian government to phase-out and
eliminate all known or suspected carcinogens in manufacturing and industrial
processes, food production and consumer products. The new PCN website focuses
on obvious areas where governments simply aren't doing their job to protect
and inform Canadians. Safer solutions exist yet governments across Canada
continue to allow the use of known carcinogens like asbestos and cosmetic
    In the case of asbestos, Canadians would be appalled to know that the
federal government is still actively promoting its use nationally and
internationally. "Public Works Canada still encourages the use of asbestos in
federal buildings and the most recent federal budget includes funds to promote
asbestos abroad," said Kathleen Ruff, asbestos expert and PCN consultant. "The
World Health Organization has called all forms of asbestos carcinogenic and
urged it be banned. What the Canadian government is doing is unspeakable,"
added Ruff.

    About Prevent Cancer Now

    Prevent Cancer Now was (PCN) launched in 2006 by 15 concerned and
    frustrated Canadians to build a Canada-wide movement to eliminate
    preventable causes of cancer. Rather than adding to efforts to find the
    elusive cure, PCN focuses on cancer prevention - eradicating all known or
    suspected carcinogens from consumer products and industrial processes.
    PCN strives to educate the public on actions that individuals,
    communities, businesses, and governments can take to reduce or eliminate
    cancer-causing exposures.

    Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Coalition

    We salute our generous donor! Prevent Cancer Now heartily thanks the
Saunders-Matthey Cancer Prevention Coalition for its super donation of $10,000
for our Anti-Incineration Campaign.

For further information:

For further information: Diana Daghofer, PCN Chairperson, Rossland,
British Columbia, (250) 362-5810,; Linda Gasser, PCN
Incineration Campaign Coordinator, Orono, Ontario, (905) 983-5249,; Beverley Thorpe, PCN Board Member, Scientist and
Pollution Expert, Montreal, Québec, (514) 933-4596,;
Kathleen Ruff, PCN Consultant and Asbestos Expert, Smithers, British Columbia,
(250) 847-1848,; Sharon Labchuk, PCN Board Member and
Pesticide Campaigner, Millvale, Prince Edward Island, (902) 621-0719, (902)
940-1262 (cell),

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