O’Malley ponders veto of trash bill

Frederick News Post
Meg Tully
04/30/2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering requests to veto legislation that would provide financial incentives for electricity generation through waste-to-energy trash incinerators. More than 30 organizations signed a joint letter to the governor asking for the veto. The bill, which passed 24-20 in the Senate and 74-60 in the House of Delegates, would elevate waste-to-energy to the same level as solar and wind power when it comes to renewable energy credits. Nonprofit organizations in the areas of public health, the environment, and for promoting a sustainable economy said the bill would undermine Maryland's efforts to reduce overall energy consumption and fight global climate change. Frederick County, which is planning to build a waste-to-energy plant, stands to benefit from the legislation. If the legislation is enacted, the county would boost electricity revenue by selling credits. Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young wrote to O'Malley on Friday asking him to sign the bill into law.

O'Malley ponders veto of trash bill

Frederick News Post
Meg Tully
04/30/2011
Gov. Martin O'Malley is considering requests to veto legislation that would provide financial incentives for electricity generation through waste-to-energy trash incinerators. More than 30 organizations signed a joint letter to the governor asking for the veto. The bill, which passed 24-20 in the Senate and 74-60 in the House of Delegates, would elevate waste-to-energy to the same level as solar and wind power when it comes to renewable energy credits. Nonprofit organizations in the areas of public health, the environment, and for promoting a sustainable economy said the bill would undermine Maryland's efforts to reduce overall energy consumption and fight global climate change. Frederick County, which is planning to build a waste-to-energy plant, stands to benefit from the legislation. If the legislation is enacted, the county would boost electricity revenue by selling credits. Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young wrote to O'Malley on Friday asking him to sign the bill into law.

County to sponsor solid waste forum

Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
03/08/2007
Residents will have an opportunity to learn about trash disposal options in Frederick County next weekend. The Frederick Board of County Commissioners will sponsor a forum on solid waste from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., March 17, at Frederick Community College’s Jack B. Kussmaul Theater. The forum is free and open to the public. "The county commissioners recognize that solid waste issues, such as recycling and waste-to-energy proposals, are of utmost importance to the citizens of Frederick County,” said Michael Marschner, director of Utilities and Solid Waste Management, in a press release. "At their direction, we are pleased to host this solid waste forum to address some of the most pressing issues facing the county and to allow citizens the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback from experts in the field.” The county is in the process of looking into the construction of a trash-burning incinerator, or what is being called a ‘‘waste-to-energy facility.” These plants uses trash as fuel to generate electricity that could be sold to an electric utility, such as Allegheny Power.