Mark Lyons of the Baker County Conservative Alliance announced Friday the formation of “No Bio in Suwannee County,” a group opposing Integrated Waste Management Systems who seeks to place four medical waste incinerators at the catalyst site. The group is comprised of Suwannee County residents, groups and agencies and will hold their first meeting Sunday. IWMS first sought to establish their incinerators in Baker County, but faced tough public opposition. Now, Lyons wants to use his experience to help local folks in stopping the company from locating here.
“At the present time we are fighting a bio-medical waste incinerator proposed to be built in the catalyst site in Suwannee County,” Lyons said.
Lyons said the group plans to hold meetings to develop strategies to combat polluting industry from being established in Suwannee County. Their first meeting, in town hall fashion, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 3 p.m. at Millennium Park in downtown Live Oak, which is open to the public.
“The purpose of this meeting will be to inform the citizens of the dangers of medical waste incinerators and recruit members,” Lyons said.
During the meeting, NBSC will be seeking volunteers to form a petition and assist with advertising efforts to help educate the public about the dangers associated with the medical waste incinerators.
Red Ribbon Project
“No Bio in Suwannee County” launched its first campaign, “Stop the Medical Waste Incinerator” Friday by kicking off with the red ribbon project.
The group is asking all individuals opposed to the medical waste incinerator company to display red ribbons on their automobiles, homes, mailboxes, themselves and anywhere visible.
Lyons said, “The purpose of that is to let the commissioners know they work for the people. If they see the ribbon, that means they don’t want the incinerator. (It’s) the citizen’s way of publicly saying to their elected officials that they do not want this facility in historic, environmentally fragile Suwannee County,” he said.
Lyons said the color red represents “toxic” for the toxic smoke this plant will generate.
Putting accountability back on the commissioners
Lyons said the purpose of this group is to let the commissioners know the people don’t want the medical waste incinerator company.
“We want to put accountability back on the commissioners,” Lyons said. “They answer to the people.”
Baker County steps in
Lyons, who is a member of the Baker County Conservative Alliance, said they got involved when IWMS owner Marvin Barry was seeking to place the medical waste incinerator company in Baker County. Lyons said their unified effort assisted in preventing IWMS from locating there.
Lyons said he read articles in the Democrat regarding the company and those individuals opposing it. He pulled names from the articles, looked them up, and offered their services to them.
“This will affect us, too. We’re 54 miles from you (Suwannee County),” he said.