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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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  • Eli Allen
  • Raymond Arent
  • Diane Schwarz
  • Amy Woodrum
  • Amber Kaltz
    I understand that waste must be disposed of, but that doesn’t mean that it needs to be done in people’s back yards. I’m sure a safe alternative can be reached to keep our community a healthy place to reside.
  • Phyllis Liddell
    Incinerators sicken and kill living beings and pollute the waters and soils of our home. Mercury and other deadly poisons are carried by all discharges, unmeasured and uncontrolled. Don’t you breathe, eat and drink the water? These metal poisons cannot be screened out by water plants. If terrorists did this, you would want them found and jailed, would you not?
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  • Alison Kennedy
    This is what Environmental Justice looks like!
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  • Yolanda Whyte
    It is reckless to endanger the health, educational achievement and well-being of this community with this incinerator. A similar community in Lithonia, GA was able to fight off a biomass incinerator AFTER the state granted the permit, so there is still hope. Good luck and God bless!
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  • Jeannette Bartelt
    Burning trash and items that can be recycle should NEVER be done. What are we leaving our future generation? We MUST think of them FIRST!
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