Jun 14, 20160
Curtis Bay Incinerator
The Fairfield Renewable Energy Project is a proposed trash-to-energy power plant in South Baltimore that would burn garbage, chopped-up tires and car parts and release hundreds of pounds of lead and mercury annually. It's been embraced as a job-creator by the city and the state, but it continues to be opposed by residents and environmental groups who say it will harm people's health.
May 18, 20160
Destiny Watford on WYPR: “It wasn’t okay. It wasn’t fair!”
Prize-winning leader of the fight against the Curtis Bay incinerator speaks with Tom Hall.
Apr 18, 20160
Young leader of Curtis Bay incinerator fight wins international award
People dismissed their efforts as just a high school project, but Destiny Watford’s student-led group played a major role in killing a trash-burning power plant in her South Baltimore community. Today she is being honored with a $175,000 prize by a San Francisco foundation.
Mar 17, 20160
Maryland declares Energy Answers’ Fairfield incinerator permit expired
Demonstrators protested and even went to jail to persuade state officials to extinguish the permit for the Fairfield Renewable Energy Project. Today the Maryland Department of the Environment did just that.
Jan 19, 20160
Charges against Energy Answers incinerator protesters dropped
With trespassing charges against them dismissed today, the seven activists fighting a trash-to-energy plant near Curtis Bay went right back over to Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters at the Montgomery Park building – precisely where they were arrested a month ago.
Dec 15, 20150
Incinerator protesters arrested at MDE headquarters
They had planned to drop off petitions written on sunflowers but ended up facing down scores of Baltimore police – and seeing seven of their group get arrested. What happened at today’s demonstration against the Energy Answers project, held at Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters
Dec 2, 20150
Poised to battle climate change in Paris, mayor sidesteps incinerator in Baltimore
A simple question asked on the radio: does her administration support the trash-burning power plant proposed in South Baltimore? Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, an early project booster who accepted campaign contributions from the N.Y.-based company behind it, said she didn’t have enough information to answer.
Nov 25, 20150
State sets deadline for Energy Answers to prove incinerator permit is valid
Is the state, under Hogan, actually cracking down on the Albany-based company trying to build a trash-burning plant in South Baltimore? The language in the Maryland Department of the Environment’s letter is stern, but the deadline the agency sets, opponents say, cuts them a break.
Nov 23, 20150
Opponents press state to declare Fairfield incinerator project dead
With a permit that’s expired and other job-generating – but non-polluting – projects waiting in the wings, shouldn’t a controversial South Baltimore incinerator project be declared dead, opponents are saying to state officials.
Jun 26, 20140
South Baltimore incinerator opponents applaud stop-work order
Opponents of the Fairfield Renewable Energy Project take heart in state’s action to halt work at the South Baltimore incinerator. Company’s failure to buy pollution offsets throws into question its future compliance with the Clean Air Act and other laws, they say.
May 29, 20140
Making music from a plea about airborne mercury and materialism
If a planned trash-to-energy power plant ever gets built near Curtis Bay, Baltimore City Schools would, along with other entities under a 2011 contract, agree to buy power from it. Appearing before the school board, students spoke, sang and declaimed their opposition to this idea. “To burn, or not to burn?”
Dec 19, 20130
Pollution-weary students stage a march to protest incinerator
“We asked the students in one class how many had asthma and everyone’s hand went up!” A protest march yesterday against Energy Answers’ planned 160-megawatt trash-burning plant near Curtis Bay is the culmination more than a year of study and organizing as part of a unique collaboration of students and labor groups.
Nov 15, 20120
Anne Arundel officials and residents object to city trash-burning plant
Neighboring Anne Arundel County says no-thanks to a South Baltimore energy plant that would burn as much as 4,000 tons of tires, wood and car parts a day. Why, County Exec Leopold and others asked yesterday, weren’t they consulted?
Aug 31, 20120
With incinerator plan, Curtis Bay feels dumped-on again
If a power plant fueled by burning shredded tires, car parts and urban wood waste were proposed in Hunt Valley or Roland Park, how far would it get? One of the pungent questions asked at last night’s hearing.
Aug 30, 20120
Battle over South Baltimore trash incinerator re-igniting
A New York-based company says it needs more time to build a trash incinerator in Curtis Bay. At a hearing tonight, environmentalists and some city residents will argue it shouldn’t be built at all.