Baltimore Youth Win Victory Against Toxic Trash Incinerator

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Photo via Free Your Voice Facebook page
Photo via Free Your Voice Facebook page

I have to admit, I fist-pumped the air when I heard the news that Baltimore high school students had won a key victory in their fight against the toxic garbage incinerator that’s planned for their neighborhood.

(For some background on the youth activists of Free Your Voice and their battle against the planned incinerator, check out our previous post about the situation. Put simply: the incinerator is being touted as “green energy” by some, even though studies show that it’ll likely cause serious air pollution problems in a part of the city that already has some of the nation’s worst air quality.)

This week, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council announced that it would be parting ways with the company slated to operate the waste-to-energy plant.

“This is a really big step for us,” FYV leader Destiny Watford told Grist. “I’m excited that the purchasing committee voted to withdraw their support for the incinerator. This decision gives us the opportunity to work with the purchasing committee for a truly healthy and sustainable project in Baltimore that respects our human right to clean air.”



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