Covanta employee outside the Rookery facility.

Stakeholders and community members have expressed concern about the environmental and human health impacts of air emissions associated with waste combustion. In a comprehensive 2017 review of available literature on air quality health risk assessments and health surveillance programs surrounding WTE facilities in Oregon, researchers concluded that there was “[no] predictive or actual increase in health issues, including for those in vulnerable or sensitive ‘at-risk’ populations such as children or the elderly.”

For more information, read Covanta’s white paper, Waste-to-Energy & Health Risk.

For more about minimizing air emissions, please see our 2020 Sustainability Report.