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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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  • Please consider the people involved who will be adversely effected by the increased pollution in an already polluted condemned area.
  • I feel it’s a health risk to the environment and to the children. My concern is about my grand daughter as well as my health. She has respiratory problems and this will make it worse. I’m very interested in helping to stop this.
  • This project is not healthy for our families. I will pray to God that this project does not occur!!
  • I have written editorials, testified in Annapolis on a bill sponsored by past Delegate, now County Executive Schuh, and attended many meetings. This needs to be stopped for our children.
  • I worked for Domino Sugar, of South Bay Florida, home of the largest Incinerator in North America. We poisoned the Everglades, The everglades have huge Catfish, but if you eat them, you could get very sick. alligators are also sick. Domino sugar pays the 4 million dollars in environmental fines every year. Please don’t eat the sugar, it rottens your teeth and gives Diabetes, because the burn the good ingredients in the cane to produce electricity.
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  • Allow this site to be used for sustainable and community building projects not for a polluting and dangerous project that will harm the residents of Curtis Bay. This community is already burdened with heavy industry affecting the health of these residents. This is an environmental social justice issue.
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  • 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.
  • 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?