Why post an article about a Baltimore garbage-to-energy plant that is from 2009? That’s a question from several folks. The answer is that the article ( “Environmental Groups Suing State Over City Trash Incinerator” clearly shows that:
- Once an incinerator is built it is very difficult, if not impossible, to get it shut down.
- Incinerators can and do operate outside of regulations and regulatory agencies have a dismal record of enforcing compliance. Fact: They are not shut down when they exceed emissions standards.
- Citizens cannot count on the regulations to protect their air, water, soil, health and safety.
- Fights to demand enforcement can go on and on for years without resolution.
- We only have to look at the track record of the Matthews medical waste incinerator to see that this occurs in our own back yard (see Citizens for a Healthy Environment to learn more about this).
- If you don’t ask questions, ask for public hearings, call and email your elected officials, attend public meetings and become involved in the decision making process, the decision will be made for you!
So here’s an update on the situation from June of last year. More to follow.
Battle heating up over south Baltimore trash-burning plant
“Environmental groups said those claims are essentially giving “greenwash” treatment to a classic trash incinerator and warned that the facility the state is poised to permit would emit illegal levels of mercury, lead, nitrous oxides and other toxic and unhealthful substances into the community and beyond.”
“Environmentalists contend the plant will also churn out air pollution – endangering the health of residents in an area already overburdened with the legacy of decades of industrial pollution. If built, it would be one of the largest emitters of mercury in the state of Maryland.”
Another objection the environmentalists are voicing is the project’s proximity to two elementary schools. State law requires that solid waste incinerators cannot be built within a mile of elementary or secondary schools. Company officials have said there are no schools within a mile of the plant, but that’s only if one measures out a mile from the facility’s stacks. Measured from the property’s perimeter, the group says, two schools are within a mile of the plant.
Read the full article below…