National Parks Conservation Association: “Help Stop Trash Incinerator Next To Monocacy National Battlefield”

NPCAlogoThe National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has created an online action alert about the proposed and approved 1,500 tons per day, regional mass burn incinerator that is still planned for a site three miles from downtown Frederick, along to the Monocacy River and immediately adjacent to — and visible from most of — the Monocacy National Battlefield Park.

Citizens in Frederick County (and beyond) have been fighting this extremely expensive and environmentally-irresponsible facility for years. We are increasingly optimistic that hard fought effort will be successful, and hopeful it will be soon. But this is not the time to become complacent about it. Please take a moment to read the message from the National Parks Conservation Association, and to send a message to the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners!

Here is the text of the email NPCA sent out to their list:

Dear Friend of the National Parks,

NPCAparkphotoAt a historic site near you, tranquility and clean air are about to go up in smoke.

Unless we act now, the state of Maryland may soon grant pollution permits for a new trash-burning incinerator to be built steps away from Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Speak up now to protect Monocacy’s air quality and historic character!

The company applying for the permits admits that the incinerator would emit more than 229 tons of nitrogen oxide, 310 tons of carbon monoxide, 73 tons of particulate matter, and 39 tons of sulfuric acid mist–among many other pollutants–into the air over the battlefield each year.

In addition to the environmental impacts, the new trash incinerator would be visible from all parts of the battlefield, a jarring industrial intruder for anyone trying to experience and contemplate “the Battle that Saved Washington.” As the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy approaches in 2014, the legacy of those who fought and died there deserves better.

Frederick County’s partner in this project, Carroll County, has reconsidered its involvement, and has signaled it no longer wants to move forward. Now it’s Frederick County’s turn to reconsider.

Take Action: Please ask Frederick County Commissioners to reconsider plans to build a trash incinerator next to Monocacy National Battlefield.

Thank you for taking action to protect one of America’s treasures right here in Frederick.

Sincerely,

NPCAoakes

Joy Oakes

Joy M. Oakes
Sr. Director, Mid-Atlantic Region

When you click on the link for the petition, this is the text describing the concern and the purpose of the petition.

“Help Stop Trash Incinerator Next To Monocacy National Battlefield”

The state of Maryland may soon grant environmental permits for a new trash-burning incinerator to be constructed feet away from the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. The company applying for the permits admits that the incinerator will emit more than 229 tons of nitrogen oxide, 310 tons of carbon monoxide, 73 tons of particulate matter and 39 tons of sulfuric acid mist–among many other pollutants–into the air over the battlefield each year.

In addition to the environmental impacts, the new incinerator would be visible from all parts of the battlefield, a jarring industrial companion for anyone trying to experience and contemplate “the Battle that Saved Washington.” As the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy approaches in 2014, the legacy of those who fought and died there deserves better.

Frederick County’s partner in this project, Carroll County, has reconsidered its involvement, and has signaled it no longer wants to move forward. Now it’s Frederick County’s turn to reconsider.

Please ask the Frederick County Commission to reconsider support for building an incinerator next to a nationally-significant historic site. Tell them the region’s health and its history are too valuable to be undermined by such a project. Please individualize your comments as much as you can, adding any personal observations that support and enhance the sample message below.

And, finally, below is the text of the message. PLEASE NOTE that you can edit (or completely replace) the template before you send it to the county commissioners. Click here to go to the NPCA page…and send your message to the members of the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners!

As a resident of Frederick County, I am writing to urge you to drop the Commission’s support for a proposed trash incinerator next to Monocacy National Battlefield, a valuable asset in our county. There are many alternatives for dealing with Frederick County’s waste–but there’s only one Monocacy Battlefield.

As the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy approaches, the sacrifices those soldiers made in the “Battle that Saved Washington” should not have to compete with a new industrial neighbor. Not only would the proposed trash incinerator emit tons of industrial pollution into the air, it would do so over one of America’s treasured historic sites.

Opened since 1991, the national park attracts visitors from around the country. In 2011, the park hosted more than 36,000 visitors who spent more than $2.5 million dollars in the area, and supported 33 non-National Park Service jobs.

Please recognize the unique value of having a national battlefield park in the area, and work to address the county’s waste management needs in ways that also protect Monocacy National Battlefield.

Thank you.

Thank you to the National Parks Conservation Association for their engagement in this important issue.

Again, PLEASE take a moment to send a message to the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners!

Your message will be sent to all five commissioners:

Mr. Blaine R. Young
Mr. C. Paul ‘Paul’ Smith
Mr. Billy Shreve
Mr. David P. Gray
Mr. Kirby Delauter


Some Related Links

National Parks Conservation Association: http://www.npca.org/

No Incinerator Alliance: http://no-incinerator.org/

No Incinerator Alliance on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickZeroWaste

Three INCINERATOR Items to Note Today (Kai Hagen, October 6, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/three-incinerator-items-to-note-today/

The “WTE” Incinerator Wastes More Energy than it Generates (Ellis Burruss, September 19, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/wte-incinerator-wastes-energy-generates/

Incinerating trash is an expensive, inefficient and environmentally unfriendly waste of resources! (David Suzuki, September 12, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/incinerating-trash-is-an-expensive-inefficient-and-environmentally-unfriendly-waste-of-resources/

Another chance to do the right thing, and say no to the incinerator (Kai Hagen, August 1, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/another-chance-to-do-the-right-thing-and-say-no-to-the-incinerator/

Carroll County commissioners vote to end Waste-to-Energy partnership with Frederick County (Patrice Gallagher
June 27, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/breaking-news-carroll-county-commissioners-vote-to-end-waste-to-energy-partnership-with-frederick-county/

Frederick County Ignores Major Flaws in Financial Plan for Incinerator (Bruce Holstein, June 21, 2013): http://www.envisionfrederickcounty.org/frederick-county-ignores-major-flaws-in-financial-plan-for-incinerator/

The incinerator controversy in the media

Open a chronological listing of links to news articles, editorials, columns and letters to the editor from the News Post, Gazette other news sources about this issue.

Please note this from the News Archive home page:

Envision Frederick County is compiling an archive of news articles, editorials, columns and letters to the editor, from a range of local and regional publications. The archive will grow to include well more than 2,000 entries, covering the last decade or so.

In other words, the link above will take you to many, but not all of the “news articles, editorials, columns and letters to the editor” about this issue, as we are working to catch up with the past.

Most of the 80 or so people who came out to the Rally to Draw The Line At “Waste To Energy” Incinerator (at the site of proposed incinerator) on September 21, 2013.

Most of the 80 or so people who came out to the Rally to Draw The Line At “Waste To Energy” Incinerator (at the site of proposed incinerator) on September 21, 2013.