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.

History vs. trash in incinerator debate

Frederick News Post
Meg Tully
03/03/2010
Opponents of a Frederick County trash incinerator hope they can persuade state lawmakers to put a stop to it based on its proximity to Monocacy National Battlefield. The state Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is considering a bill that would stop construction of incinerators within a mile of a national park. They considered a similar bill last year but voted it down before it could get to the full Senate. With the proposed incinerator approved for the McKinney site across the river from the battlefield, state Sen. Alex Mooney hopes his bill will gain more traction this year. Mooney, a Republican who represents Frederick and Washington counties, is an incinerator opponent whose district includes several sites considered for the project. He spoke to the committee Tuesday at a bill hearing. "It remains an irresponsible decision to site an incinerator next to a historic battlefield," Mooney said.