Answering a burning question

Like a slow-burning fire that won’t go out, the continuous spontaneous combustion of questions surrounding the construction of a waste-to-energy incinerator in Frederick County has taken on a life of its own. Since first being proposed eight years ago as a way to mitigate the high cost of hauling away trash from the county’s full landfill on Reichs Ford Road, the $527 million project has been vetted, debated, twisted, turned, politicized and eviscerated over time. Yet we still don’t know for sure that, once built, whether the facility will be an economic savior or a nightmare, with the county already slated to put up $316 million just for construction costs alone.

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Frederick News Post
Dan Andrews
In a recent FNP article it was stated that waste incineration was "good for our community." As your local Sierra Club chairman, I am writing to tell you this is not true. This very controversial and extremely expensive proposed project is a mistake and can still be stopped. The construction bonding has not been approved by your commissioners, and Carroll County, a project partner, is poised to pull out of the deal. Waste incineration is a mistake for the following reasons...