Environmental groups and residents seek lower mercury, nitrogen oxide limits for proposed Baltimore incinerator

Residents of the South Baltimore/Brooklyn neighborhood joined the Environmental Integrity Project, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Clean Water Action in asking the state to require Energy Answers to meet lower emission limits for mercury, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants before the company is allowed to build a waste-to-energy incinerator. The draft permit proposed by the state tightened emission standards for several pollutants, but does not require the lowest achievable emission limit for mercury, a potent neurotoxin, or the best emissions controls for nitrogen oxide, which contributes to smog. The draft permit also effectively exempts Energy Answers from having to meet emission limits during malfunctions, or during startup or shutdown.

The incinerator would be located a mile away from two schools in nearby Curtis Bay. The company’s original permit was to expire earlier this year. In order to receive an extension of the permit, Energy Answers must show that it meets current Clean Air Act requirements.

Our comments can be viewed in three parts:

For the letter, click here

For the declaration of Dr. Ranajit Sahu, click here

For the appendices to the letter and the declaration, click here

For the supplemental comments filed on Sept. 28, click here