The letter in Sunday’s Frederick News-Post from Maryland Secretary of the Environment Robert Summers clearly describes the difficulty of cleaning the air we breathe while it’s being polluted from neighboring states. As the Sept. 18 editorial pointed out: Air pollution in Frederick County is at a dangerous level and can affect the health of all county residents.

However, while Mr. Summers’ concern for stopping pollution from other states is very important, it should be noted that his agency is currently reviewing permit applications for a trash incinerator that will add a significant amount of pollution to our already burdened local atmosphere.

The incinerator, which is planned to be built right off English Muffin Way in south Frederick, will burn 1,500 tons a day of mixed trash, old tires and sewage sludge. Despite “state of the art” pollution controls, incinerators are major sources of highly toxic pollutants and carcinogens, chemicals that form ozone (smog), and fine particles that are so small that they can reach the deepest parts of the lung and cross directly into the bloodstream.

Because our local air is already so polluted, the hundreds of tons of nitrogen oxides emitted from the incinerator will require us (the taxpayers) to purchase pollution offsets from other communities. We will still breathe the pollution and we’ll have to pay for the privilege!

While there may be little that can be done to prevent air pollution from other states, Mr. Summers’ department can prevent a major source of pollution from being built right here in our home county. The Maryland Department of the Environment should reject the permit applications for the Frederick incinerator.

No, the alternative to incineration is not a new landfill. Take a look at to see the many other possible solutions to solid waste.


Brunswick councilman


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I don't think the incinerator will be built unless Frederick can find a partner, and that does not seem likely. Commissioners should now encourage more recycling and composting. FNP, have you asked the commissioners if the incinerator is dead?


Funny how this writer isn't worried about the pollution that each of the 3600 horsepower diesel engines emit -that sit idling in the railroad yards in Brunswick 24 hours a day...if there are 3 engines sitting there idling-they emit MORE toxins in 24 hours than the incinerator would in a week!! So Mr. Burris- why don't you clean up your own back yard first?


maybe because the railroad is NOT controlled by Brunswick....


Grp, Are you saying that more polution is OK because we already have a lot in Brunswick?


...and the state of Maryland bureauracy is up to its neck in hypocrisy regarding this burner,omalley took a $100,000 check from Covanta which operates the other garbage burner down the road in Dickerson (which BTW the taxpayers are supporting to the tune of $40 Million + every year) and then signs a bill calling the burning of garbage and tires Tier One Green ( and we know the only thing Green about this fiasco is the loot to be gained by the few , while the Maryland agency known as NE MD Waste Disposal Authority keeps ramming this thing down our throats because they will benefit to the tune of $25 MILLION if Frederick county taxpayers money if it is built , that s right , enough to build a new school and maybe get rid of some of those trailers...and hopefully the Gardner board did not read the agreements before Jan signed them in which case we can call this stupidity...if they did read them and then signed them, we must call it something far worse..... we need to remember these transgressions in Nov 2014....


Another wise letter about this topic. Thank you Ellis. [thumbup][thumbup]


And no, folks have not forgotten that Jan Gardner supported the trash incinerator and progressives are patiently waiting for her to admit her mistake before they can support her for any future political office.


Gee it seems to me I heard this song before jan gardner approved and Gray too.Now Jan running again.


Funny that this letter appears today. When I walked out of the house to go to work, I notied that the air smelled like I was back in Turkey or some other third-world polluted place. It could be that a truck had just past by but it was truly stinky.


More pollution from Frederick. Concrete dust and illegal burning. I thought I'd open the windows this morning, but it took about a minute before the burnt rubber drifted into the house. Nice October morning and Frederick smokes it out. It's been better since Essroc downsized. $100,000 fine was a just a little slap to them and they now carry on their ways in Martinsburg- unfortunately West of us.

LaFarge runs their token little street cleaner around the entrance and businesses in the area get coated in cement "dust". How much cement "dust" can one be exposed to..... Family and friends who work blocks away come home with "dust" coated cars and who knows what in their lungs.

The incinerator is yet another rotten proposition for Frederick. Lump it onto the rest of the pollution and Frederick, with all its potential, continues to be threatened by poor air quality, contamintated wells and reckless BoCC votes.


Ask yourselves this:

How many times save we've seen severe weather systems pass by that small section of Frederick County?

It's almost like images conjured up of Shangri La, where Montgomery gets hail and ice storms, or New Market gets Tornadoes, or Brunswick gets flooded out...

... Yet the Monocacy and Ballenger Creek areas remain unfazed.

It is every color of Idiocracy to haul trash (and BURN it) in such a closed off place.


Yes, the Blaine Young Waste Facility will certainly pollute the air, just as Blaine Young himself pollutes the air.


Nice try but this facility was approved long before Blaine came along.....


Indeed, if this BOCC wanted to put an end to the project, they easily could.

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