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Sending A City's Garbage Up In Flames

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Michigan Waste Energy Chief Engineer Brad Laesser checks the cameras and emissions data at Detroit's incinerator. (Photo by Sarah Hulett)

Back in the 1980s and 90s, dozens of communities across the US built incinerators to get rid of their trash. Many of them financed the massive furnaces with bonds they're just now paying off. And now that those debts are off their books, some cities are re-thinking whether burning trash makes environmental and economic sense. Sarah Hulett reports:

A related article from the Detroit News

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Wikipedia's page on incineration

Producer: Sarah Hulett
Release Date: July 20, 2009
Running Time: 3:29

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