NYC Considers Incineration

New York -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on his radio show this week that the city may consider trash incineration as a solution to its ever-increasing trash problem since the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, N.Y., closed last year.

It is not the first time the city has considered such an option. In the 1990s, there was talk of instituting incinerators in each of the five boroughs but no action was taken because of several environmental concerns about pollution and mercury emissions.

John J. Doherty, the city's sanitation commissioner, also brought the topic to the city council's attention, but the city does not yet have an official statement.