Meeting On Trash Plant Assailed Not Enough Advance Notice, Say S. Phila. Foes

Posted: November 01, 1986

Opponents of the proposed trash-to-steam plant in South Philadelphia yesterday criticized the timing of a public hearing next week on the environmental impact of the facility, saying they were given insufficient notice of the meeting.

"We have a serious concern as to why this was kept quiet until less than a week beforehand," said Joseph Cascerceri, a leader of the Trash to Steam Alternative Coalition, which represents community groups opposed to the plant. "They didn't give us enough notice to organize, so it will appear that there's no one interested."

The hearing, at which the public is invited to voice concerns about the environmental effects of a proposed $160 million trash-burning plant at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, is scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight Thursday at the Spectrum. The first local notice of the meeting, which is being sponsored by Navy officials, appeared in the classified section of yesterday's Inquirer.

Cascerceri said a similar notice of the meeting was not scheduled to appear until the day of the meeting in the South Philadelphia Review, where many potential neighbors of the plant look for community announcements.

"That's not fair," Cascerceri said. "It just doesn't give people enough notice." Cascerceri said his group was calling on Navy officials to reschedule the meeting.

Navy officials could not be reached for comment late yesterday.

Cascerceri voiced his concerns about the timing of the meeting at a hastily called news conference yesterday afternoon in City Council chambers, where he was joined by three Council members opposed to a trash-to-steam plant at the Navy yard.

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