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CHEJ Training Call: Fighting Against Pyrolysis & Gasification (Also called “Chemical” or “Advanced” Recycling)

November 14, 2023 , 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EST

Gasification and pyrolysis are thermal processes that converting carbonaceous substances into tar, ash, coke, char, and gas. Pyrolysis produces products such as char, tar, and gas, while gasification transforms carbon-containing products (e.g., the products from pyrolysis) into a primarily gaseous product. These processes are highly controversial due to their impact upon air quality. This is also a major concern for the communities surrounding the facilities that use these processes.

The EPA recently withdrew its proposal to exempt pyrolysis and gasification units from the Clean Air Act. What does this action mean for the many proposals in the U.S. to build these facilities?  Where are these facilities being proposed? What kinds of pollution do they emit? What should you be concerned about if one of these facilities is being proposed for you community? These questions—and more—will be answered by Jane Williams, Executive Director of California Communities Against Toxics, who has dedicated her life to fighting for the removal of incinerators, landfills, nuclear waste dumps, and industrial plants.

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