We asked the same question early on after learned about the incinerator plan. We assumed that there was some kind of law or protection that would limit the amount of pollution any particular community can be exposed to. We thought this was common sense and were surprised to learn that no such protection exists. We learned that there is no requirement to look at how the incinerator will add on to the pollution that a community like Curtis Bay is already exposed to. We are involved in supporting efforts (including legislation) that would change this and require that a the cummulative impacts of pollution are examined. To sum it up though...we don’t see adequate protections to stop certain communities (like Curtis Bay) from being dumped on again and again with more and more pollution.