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Environmental Pollution
Trash-burning power project hits new snag
Trash-burning power project hits new snag

A long-delayed trash-burning power plant in South Baltimore has hit a new snag, as a regional government group has backed away from its pledge to buy electricity from the controversial project. The Baltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee — a coalition of 22 local governments, school systems and nonprofit institutions — recently voted to recommend its members terminate their contracts to buy power from the facility, which is planned at a former chemical factory in Fairfield. Laura Van Wert, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, said that the purchasing panel, an arm of the regional council, "voted to go in another direction." She declined...