Baltimore Can Breathe Easy - the Nation's Largest Toxic Incinerator Won't Be Built.
Today, the Maryland Department of the Environment declared that key construction permits needed for a controversial trash incinerator in South Baltimore are no longer valid. Because no construction work has occurred at the facility since October 2013, MDE Secretary Benjamin Grumbles writes, “the air quality provisions of the Energy Answers CPCN [Certificate of Public Need and Necessity] have expired".
Clean Water Action’s Maryland Program Organizer, Jennifer Kunze, said, “Residents of Baltimore can breathe a bit easier today. MDE made the right decision to halt the construction of what would have been the largest trash incinerator in the country. This toxic facility would have spewed lead, mercury, and other harmful pollution less than one mile from homes, businesses, and two schools. Neighbors, students, public health advocates, environmentalists, and allies from all over Maryland have opposed this Failed Development for years and advocated for Fair Development alternatives. Today is a huge win for the community and we're in awe of the grassroots power that made it possible."
Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table.