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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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  • everything matters, lives and more. is hurting childerns and adults lives worth all this ? can you find something better there instead of trying to kill humans? pick the right thing to do think about if it was your community? would you fight like we are ? no one asked for this. everyone is going to fight for justice. Need clean air, not bad!
  • This is Important because lives are at risk we say we want better life for the city why not start here
  • I don’t want them to make the air quality to be bad for future generation
  • This matters to me because everyone has the right to clean and friendly environment
  • Stop the incinerator
  • If we want our voices to be heard then we need to stand up and actually doing something. sooner or later we will all be dead and suffering breath to clean air. that is just disgusting.
  • Construction of the Curtis Bay incinerator is not legal and needs to be halted.
  • We just won against the incinerator in Frederick.

    Good luck, Baltimore!!!
  • The Curtis Bay incinerator would be allowed to release 240 pounds of mercury and 1,000 pounds of lead annually into the atmosphere, according to the New York Times on Jan 11, 2015. Before you put that in someone else’s neighborhood, against their will, ask yourself if you want your kids going to school next to that, or if you volunteer to live next to that!!
  • It’s time for MDE to enforce the law and prevent construction of a pollution incinerator in Curtis Bay. The job of government is to respect the wisdom and self determination of its citizens. Listen to the people of Curtis Bay !