October 5, 1997 in City

State Refuses To Pay For Experts’ Incinerator Report

By The Spokesman-Review

On May 31, researcher Kathryn Kelly billed the city $3,101 for preparation of the report she wrote with Phil Williams, Spokane’s engineering director, records show.

The work was billed to an account that’s slated to be reimbursed by the Washington Department of Ecology for a $300,000 health study of Spokane’s trash incinerator.

Kelly, the study’s lead investigator, told Williams in a memo that she wanted to write a conference paper “to let the world know about this study.”

The 10-page report was presented at a May 1997 incineration conference in Oakland, Calif., Williams said.

The title: “Comparative Assessment of Estimated vs. Actual Emissions and Associated Health Risks From a Modern Municipal Waste-to-Energy Facility.”

Billing the state for the report isn’t proper, said Ecology grants supervisor Diane Singer Crystal.

“This is not legitimate, it’s self-promoting,” Crystal said.

“If Ecology doesn’t like it, we’ll take it out” of the state grant, Damon Taam, city solid waste director, said Friday.

“… We’ll pay for it instead.”

, DataTimes MEMO: See related story under the headline: State trashes Spokane incinerator study

See related story under the headline: State trashes Spokane incinerator study

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