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Sierra Club asks CMS to tell parents about ReVenture plant

The Central Piedmont Sierra Club is asking Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to notify parents, faculty and staff of plans to build a plant that would burn Mecklenburg County trash.

In a letter Friday to school officials, the Sierra Club, a critic of the plant being proposed by Charlotte-based Forsite Development as part of the ReVenture Park project, said North Carolina is not among states that ban incinerators within three miles of schools.

“There is ample scientific evidence of the safety and health risks associated with these facilities,” the Sierra Club says in the letter.

There are 25 schools within a 3.8-mile radius of the proposed plant, the letter says.

The Sierra Club said it wants school officials to examine the issue to “assure that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school administration does all that it can within its authority and scope of influence to protect the health and safety of our school children, faculty and staff.”

Parents, faculty and staff should be made aware of the project so that they can “have a voice in the decision-making process,” the letter says.

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