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Maryland Department of the Environment, Enforce the Law!

Energy Answers, the New York based company planning to build the nation’s largest trash burning incinerator less than a mile away from schools in Curtis Bay, is proposing to build the facility with an expired permit, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. We are calling upon the Maryland Department of the Environment to enforce the law and hold Energy Answers accountable.

Under Energy Answers’ Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) and the federal Clean Air Act, a permit for the construction of a major source of air pollution, like the Energy Answers incinerator, expires if construction is substantially discontinued for a period of 18 months or more after it has commenced. As of June 3, 2015, the date of MDE’s most recent site inspection, Energy Answers had substantially discontinued construction for over 19 months, and no additional construction appears to have been performed since then. Therefore, the air quality provisions of the CPCN, which represent Energy Answers’ Clean Air Act approval to construct the incinerator, have expired.

Energy Answers must be held accountable for its actions and must face the clear and unambiguous consequences of its failure to meet the construction requirements of its CPCN and the Clean Air Act: expiration of its approval to construct the facility. We urge MDE to issue a written determination that the air quality provisions of MDE’s CPCN have expired.

Without action, the failed incinerator development will continue to hold us back from Fair Development alternatives. We are calling for the 80+ acre site to house a community driven solar project to create truly green energy and help build wealth for community members. We are also exploring recycling and composting projects that deal with waste responsibly and create good jobs without harming our health or environment. 

We want Curtis Bay to be a model for Fair Development and to help Baltimore move towards becoming a just and sustainable city. Don't allow Curtis Bay to continue to be used as a dumping ground for Failed Development: issue a written determination that the air quality provisions of MDE's CPCN have expired.

Fairfield site on 8/3/2015
Construction at the site sas been substantially discontinued for 19 months and counting

 For more information on our call for MDE to enforce the law and hold Energy Answers accountable please read this letter and supporting attachments signed by 19 community, faith, work with dignity, human rights and environmental groups. 

 

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  • Sign the petition: Don't let our Baltimore neighbors in Curtis Bay be exposed to incinerator pollution.
  • Sign the petition: Don't let our Baltimore neighbors in Curtis Bay be exposed to incinerator pollution. http://www.unitedworkers.org/stop_the_incinerator?recruiter_id=9974
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  • Cancel all contracts with Energy Answers and prevent toxic dioxins from polluting out community.
  • I live in Howard County, where the government, community college and schools were among those to end their contracts for energy from this polluting incinerator. Energy Answers should not be holding this valuable land hostage. MDE, rescind the permit, which should never have been granted—in part because NO health study was done. Let fair development begin.
  • Please obey the law and protect ther rights of children and all of us.
  • It is unconscionable to think of adding an incinerator to the already significant pollution in this community and so near these schools. Let there be an end to this once and for all, and let the intelligent, creative alternatives proposed by the people of the community go forward!
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  • Although I currently live in the county, I have worked in the city for most of my long professional life, and I intend to move back to the city in the near future. For many years I worked with a United Way agency serving the Curtis Bay area, and the area has enough problems that are inadequately addressed. Installing a plant that causes further problems in its threat to the health of the area is unconscionable!
  • Sign this petition to stop a garbage incinerator from being built next door to two Baltimore City Schools. http://www.unitedworkers.org/stop_the_incinerator?recruiter_id=3949