[NEWS] How a Trash Incinerator Became “Green” Energy

– by Scott Dance, December 15, 2017, Baltimore Sun


Photo: Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun

A trash incinerator in Southwest Baltimore is the city’s largest single source of air pollution. But a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy.

Few commuters who pass the imposing white smokestack on Interstate 95 have any idea that the plant burns their household waste, that their electric bills help to maintain it, or that it releases thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and toxic substances — carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde among them — into the air every year.

Wheelabrator Baltimore gets the subsidies because lawmakers agreed in 2011 to classify trash as one of the most environmentally friendly sources of renewable power, on par with wind energy.

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  • Solely as a power source, the plant would be a quedtionable environmental move. The power plant also handles the large amounts of waste generated in the area.
    If not used as a fuel source, the waste will still produce thousands of pounds of greenhouse gasses.
    The transpotation of the waste to a more distant disposal site (landfill) would increase truck fuel consumption and increase polution, traffic congestion, and service costs for residents.
    As a composite system, the net benefit of the facility to the community and the environment is likely significant.


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