Target: Maryland Secretary of the Environment, Ben Grumbles
Goal: Stop further construction of a trash incinerator in violation of the Clean Air Act.
Baltimore residents plan to sue over the construction of a trash incinerating plant, citing the fact that their permit has expired under the Clean Air Act. The proposed plant, which would be the largest in the United States, would burn more than 4,000 tons of trash per day and add to the air pollution of the area.
Construction of the plant by New York-based developer Energy Answers began in August 2013, after receiving their permit in 2010. Work continued until the end of October of the same year, and has not resumed since. Under the Clean Air Act, permits to construct sources of air pollution expire if a company halts construction for 18 months or more.
Local residents of the area–Curtis Bay, Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Park–have protested the construction of the plant, and have delivered petitions to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MED). The community has also proposed alternative, greener projects, such as a solar energy farm, recycling and composting facilities.
The construction of the plant heightens the risk of further pollution in an already heavily polluted area, as well as the potential for increased health concerns. Call on the MDE to enforce the law and revoke the construction permit for the incinerator.
Dear Secretary Grumbles,
The proposal to complete the construction of a trash incinerator in Baltimore, the largest of its kind in America, is in violation of the terms of the Clean Air Act. The Maryland Department of the Environment itself has documented that there has been no construction on the Fairfield incinerator since October 31, 2013. According to the Clean Air Act, this means that their permit should have expired months ago.
The MDE has a duty to fulfill those terms and nullify the construction permit for the plant. Residents near to the site and in the surrounding areas have voiced their concerns, and called upon your office to fulfill that duty.
The potential for environmental damage and the associated health risks is great. I urge you to take these risks into consideration, as well as the wishes of the community and the letter of the law, and nullify the construction permit for this plant.
[Your Name Here]
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