This is in response to your editorial ("Propositions H and J Should Be Defeated") of Oct. 4.
SANDER, unfortunately, is not dead but is being held in a state of suspended animation by the city staff. Advocates of mass burning wastes are still alive and kicking.
San Diego's air pollution ranks as fifth highest among the cities of the nation. Trash burners can only worsen our air quality. Nor is air pollution the only problem with these plants. The ash residues from a large scale incinerator such as SANDER amount to tens of thousands of tons annually. The ashes must be treated as hazardous waste as EPA tests have shown that these ashes contain many hazardous, toxic chemicals. Safe disposal of the ashes will be costly, yet the SANDER backers have not adequately addressed this problem.
These are some of the threats to our environment and health posed by the huge trash incinerators that prompted the supporters of the Clean Air Initiative to get it before the voters on the November ballot.