The Environment In Focus
1:57 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Singing to Stop an Incinerator in their Back Yard

Sisters Leah and Audrey Rozier wrote a song to protest the proposed construction of what would be the largest incinerator in the United States near  their homes in far south Baltimore.

The sisters, aged 16 and 19, want Maryland  officials to stop the construction in the Fairfield neighborhood of the Energy Answers waste-to-energy plant, which would burn pulverized garbage to generate electricity.

Opponents of the project worry about health problems that could be caused to residents of Curtis Bay and surrounding areas by mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide, and other pollutants pouring out of the plant's smokestacks. 

But the New York-based company argues the plant will good for the environment, because it will reduce the amount of trash taking up space in landfills,  transform waste into energy, and cut the amount of methane -- a greenhouse gas -- rising from dumps.

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