The Los Angeles County Medical Assn. has reiterated its opposition to construction of a waste-to-energy plant in Irwindale by asking the state Energy Commission and five other agencies to block the project.
Dr. Samuel I. Roth, chairman of the association's Committee on Environmental Health, said, "We feel this incinerator will be more dangerous than burying the waste in landfills. By far our greatest concern is the potential for the release of dioxins, which are extremely toxic substances."
The medical association went on record against the project a year ago, Roth said, but failed to convey that opposition to regulatory agencies. Now the association has sent letters to the agencies signed by Roth and Dr. Jack E. McCleary, association president, charging that the incinerator would create health risks by adding to air pollution.
Roth said the environmental committee is not necessarily opposed to all trash incineration projects, several of which are being planned in Los Angeles County.