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Balto City Teens Tell MDE: “No Way to Polluting Trash Incinerator”

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For three years, Destiny Wapford has led the fight against Baltimore City's proposed Curtis Bay incinerator. Her last fight may be at the MDE this Tuesday at the Free Your Voice rally.
For three years, Destiny Watford has led the fight against Baltimore City’s proposed Curtis Bay incinerator. Her last fight may be this Tuesday at the MDE headquarters at Free Your Voice’s rally.

You may have heard the brouhaha surrounding the proposed Baltimore City waste-to-energy incinerator which is partially constructed in the Curtis Bay area? The incinerator’s 90-acre site is located in the Fairfield industrial area, which sits close to Brooklyn and Curtis Bay schools, homes and businesses. Curtis Bay’s incinerator would be Baltimore’s second waste-to-energy facility; Baltimore City’s trash is currently burned at the Wheelabrator incinerator next to Interstate 95.

If Curtis Bay’s youth have anything to say, the proposed largest-incinerator-in-the-U.S. will be a no-go. The community’s demand is that city officials and the private sector replace trashy development with cleaner and safer projects that don’t harm local residents. Burning 4,000 tons of tires and plastics every day emits toxic mercury and lead chemicals. Led by 20-year-old Destiny Watford, the well-organized Free Your Voice opposition plans a rally next Tuesday, December 15th at the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) headquarters to demand the incinerator be called off. Check out their video

Baltimore Teens Battle Toxic Garbage Incinerator

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

Plans are underway to build the nation’s largest garbage incinerator in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood that already has plenty of problems–including one of the nation’s highest levels of toxic air pollution, even before the incinerator has been built. 

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