Maryland Department of the Environment, Enforce the Law!

My name is Destiny Watford and I am a leader with United Workers and Free Your Voice. I want you all to mark down Tuesday Dec. 15th on your calendar as a crucial day for the future of Maryland. The fight to stop the incinerator is far from being over. In fact, Energy Answers has claimed that they’re going to start construction in 2016. Despite the fact that Baltimore City and 22 public entities have withdrawn their support of the project, and despite our clear message that the incinerator will put our lives at risk, and the vast number of community members that have stated that they don’t want the project to continue and have been developing positive alternatives.  On top of all of this, E.A.’s permits, which they need to construct, have expired. Despite all this the incinerator still plans to continue. The Maryland Department of the Environment, MDE, whose sole job is to protect the environment and the lives of ALL Marylanders, is allowing the project to continue. MDE’s own site inspection reports confirm that, “Energy Answers has not performed any additional work since MDE’S LAST INSPECTION OF NOV 1ST 2013”. So, it’s clear that E.A. hasn’t constructed since Nov. 2013, which means, right now - as you’re reading this - their permit has expired. So, why has MDE not taken action?

Since August, we’ve consistently asked MDE to enforce the law--we wrote letters, thousands of people signed petitions, people created video testimonies stating why the incinerator shouldn’t be built and their longing for positive alternatives to it. Since then, MDE’s response has been silence. MDE’S mission, as I have stated, is to protect our health. So, when thousands of people express concerns and disapproval of a project that could put their lives and lives of the people they love at risk - and has been recognized nationally as a major environmental justice issue - silence is not an option. With the unrest and uprising in Baltimore deep-rooted injustices have been exposed - the incinerator is one of many. The world is watching Baltimore and how we respond to the injustices we face. For MDE to remain silent is unacceptable. So, how do we break this silence?

All of those petitions, letters, and video testimonies are serious acts of democratic participation that come with an expectation. We’ve waited long enough for a simple response. Now, we are giving MDE until Tuesday December 15th to enforce the law.

On the 15th, every single person who has taken the time to share their concerns and expectations with MDE will follow through on them. Everyone who has been involved in this fight will come together at MDE headquarters on 1800 WA Blvd - the big Montgomery Park Building, to demand that MDE do the right thing, act on the facts, and enforce the law. It’s time to act. 

WHEN
December 15, 2015 at 4pm - 6pm
WHERE
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore , MD 21230
United States
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CONTACT
Greg Sawtell · · 410.230.1998
130 RSVPS
Bridget Moira Elizabeth Agbetsiafa-Awuah Mick Power Christin Downie Monica Cooper Jackie MacMillan June Risley Gwen DuBois Art Cohen Debbie Woolley E Beck John Ingersoll Mike Ewall Bernard Brown Thomas Meyer Valeska Populoh Lola Reightler Vinnie Bevivino Mark Sine Steph Compton Margaret Flowers Nancy Kutler iletha joynes Jean Cushman Charles Cooper Richard Reis Tiffany Hartung Todd Cherkis George Alderson David O'Leary Molly Amster Shay O'Reilly Crystal Hall Janet Walsek Louise Gregg Dante Swinton Rodette Jones Neil Seldman Michael Dorsey Mary Ellen Vanni Jasmin Molina Tony Braham III Anthony Coffey Kalynn Wilson Cody Forsythe Jeremy White Lester Jenkins Jessica Rexvode

Who's RSVPing

Bridget Moira
Elizabeth Agbetsiafa-Awuah
Mick Power
Christin Downie
Monica Cooper
Jackie MacMillan
June Risley
Gwen DuBois
Art Cohen
Debbie Woolley
E Beck
John Ingersoll
Mike Ewall
Bernard Brown
Thomas Meyer
Valeska Populoh
Lola Reightler
Vinnie Bevivino
Mark Sine
Steph Compton
Margaret Flowers
Nancy Kutler
iletha joynes
Jean Cushman
Charles Cooper
Richard Reis
Tiffany Hartung
Todd Cherkis
George Alderson

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  • Bridget Moira
  • Elizabeth Agbetsiafa-Awuah
  • Mick Power
  • Christin Downie
  • Monica Cooper
  • Jackie MacMillan
  • June Risley
  • Gwen DuBois
    Would not miss this coalition , student inspired event part of a larger effort to give community contrlol over how we use our environment. No to polluting, energy inefficient, C02 emitting incineration
  • Gwen DuBois
  • Art Cohen
  • Debbie Woolley
  • E Beck
  • John Ingersoll
  • Mike Ewall
  • Bernard Brown
  • Thomas Meyer
  • Valeska Populoh
  • Lola Reightler
  • Vinnie Bevivino
  • Mark Sine
  • Steph Compton
  • Margaret Flowers
  • Nancy Kutler
  • iletha joynes
  • Jean Cushman
  • Charles Cooper
  • Richard Reis
  • Tiffany Hartung
  • Todd Cherkis
  • George Alderson