Hurdles loom for incinerator sites

Subtitle: Top contenders' proximity to national parks at issue
Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Karen Gardner
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Date Published: 02/12/2009

The proposed Frederick County waste-to-energy plant could be located in the Carrollton Manor Rural Legacy area. If the Frederick County Commissioners choose to build the plant and go along with county staff’s top recommended location, the plant could be on a site owned by Allegheny Energy along Md. 28, east of Point of Rocks. The second choice, McKinney Industrial, would place the plant and its proposed 350-foot smokestack in clear view of the Monocacy National Battlefield. The top choice is also near a national park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is just south of the Allegheny Energy site, concerning park officials. Commissioners will hear public comments on the proposed locations at hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday at Winchester Hall. The Carrollton Manor Rural Legacy area aims to preserve land in agricultural and conservation zones, which includes the Allegheny Energy site. A power plant was once proposed for the site when it was owned by Potomac Edison, but never built.