The Butte Environmental Council (Butte County California) has received $11,000 in two
grants that it will use to give blood tests to five people who lived
close to the Covanta-owned cogeneration plant Pacific Oroville Power Inc.
The ash from the plant, which created energy by burning wood as well
as ag and “urban” waste, tested high in dioxins. There is concern that
the exhaust from the burners may have contaminated the air for those who
lived close to the plant.
BEC’s Mark Stemen said the organization is still figuring out
how to offer the tests to those who may be affected. The tests will be
analyzed by a lab in Germany, Stemen said. The grants came from the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and Clif Bar organic food makers. Both companies’ websites mention their respective environmental activism.