About The Submission:
We oppose the proposal to reduce environmental assessment requirements for any thermal treatment or waste management facilities. We also oppose any move to reclassify projects that purport to turn waste to fuel as anything other than disposal. We believe that streamlining approvals for experimental “advanced recycling” projects will result in at least three harmful outcomes: (1) Increased pollution, including greenhouse gas emissions, from thermal waste treatment; (2) A missed opportunity to focus on reduction and reuse of plastic packaging and products; (3) Continued growth of throwaway plastic use and waste. For these reasons, we believe the proposed changes to environmental assessments for waste projects should not proceed.