April 16, 2008

Covanta Threatened Canadian Doctors Against Incinerator?

A committee consisting of Orillia's 54 doctors generated a report, based on extensive research of published health data, that recommended a rejection of the incinerator proposal: 52 (and later, 53) of the doctors endorsed the report.

Dr. Don Philpott, a member of the committee, noted that: "People can be bamboozled into thinking that acceptable risk means no additional risk, but that is just not true..."

In retaliation for the call to reject the incinerator's installation, Ogden Martin threatened to sue the doctors of Orillia for defamation.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) passed a resolution in support of the Orillia doctors, after which the threat of litigation was dropped.

The Ontarion Ministry of Environment under the NDP government banned the development of new municipal solid waste incinerators and enacted stricter standards for existing incinerators. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orillia,_Ontario]

In 1992 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited Ogden Martin (now Covanta) for 6,000 violations between 1989 and 1991 at its Indianapolis incinerator alone.


is cited by the EPA with over 6,000 permit violations at its 2,300 tpd municipal waste incinerator in Indianapolis,Indiana.

Start-Up Date: November 1988
Permit violations: June 1989 to May 1991
Owner & Operator: Ogden Martin Systems of Indianapolis
Pollution Controls: Dry Scrubbers, Baghouse
Boiler Manufacturer: Riley Stoker
Builder: J.A. Jones Construction Company
Air Pollution Controls: Environmental Elements Corporation

EPA counted a total of 6,000 violations of Ogden Martin’s incinerator permit limits during a 2 year period from 1989 to 1991 at Ogden’s incinerator in Indianapolis. Among the violations: Ogden Martin bypassed their pollution controls - scrubbers and baghouse - 18 to 20 times. Ogden’s incinerator had 27 boiler tube failures within one year. According to an interview with Jeff Stant, the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), the US EPA, the State of Indiana, the City of Indianapolis and HEC, are all currently involved in an official capacity in an enforcement action which is aimed at Ogden Martin’s poorly operated Indianapolis incinerator. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orillia,_Ontario , http://www.americanhealthstudies.org/wastenot/wn209.htm]


Covanta Energy Corporation was formerly known as Ogden Martin.
CHWMEG Report Number: H482.2
Covanta Bankruptcy: On December 2, 2003, DHC executed a definitive investment and purchase agreement to
acquire the energy and water businesses of Covanta in connection with Covanta's emergence from Chapter 11
proceedings in bankruptcy

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