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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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  • Kyle Vaughan
  • Lillian Herz Incineration of plastics and other chemicals and heavy metals have been shown to create toxins – nano particles of toxins – in the air, that contribute to respiratory illness in affected populations. Furthermore, our resources are finite, and need to be reused, “cradle to cradle”. There are clear, better alternatives to wasteful, toxic, expensive incineration. Thank you.
  • Felix Staratschek
  • MDE, your timely positive preventive action is expected and is your fiducuary duty to serve the population . Do not be like the Flint,Michigan debacle. Thank you.
  • Incinerators are expensive, polluting; harmful to public health, e.g. cause diseases such as asthma, contribute to greenhouse gases causing global warming, are very wasteful, and have no place in a 21st century world. We need to learn and to change our habits and stress the importance of reducing our waste, and also reusing and recycling as much as we can.
  • INCINERATORS ARE BAD FOR PEOPLE’S HEALTH, GET RID OF THEM!
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