The Aug. 1 article in The Times concerning the proposed Irwindale plant angered me. It explains the reason the project was promoted and $395 million in bonds were sold before the plant was even approved.
Charles Martin, part-time city manager and city attorney, was paid $500,000; Dennis Enright, financial consultant on the bond issue, was paid $493,750, and $400,000 was paid to another law firm, which appears to be quite a significant amount of money. Charles Imbrecht, state energy commissioner, displayed poor judgment in writing a letter for the project's promoters. To avoid any look of impropriety, he should immediately disqualify himself from voting on this project.
Mayor Forest Tennant of West Covina is to be applauded for his role in fighting this plant because of concerns of additional health and pollution problems.
Pacific Waste Management has never built or operated a trash incineration plant. It will be the largest in the United States, yet it does not need an environmental impact report. Why? By (the company's) own admission, the plant will emit cancer-causing and dangerous pollutants into the air, including dioxins, furans, zinc, lead, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, vinyl chloride, mercury, arsenic, etc.