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How a trash incinerator — Baltimore's biggest polluter — became 'green' energy

How a trash incinerator — Baltimore's biggest polluter — became 'green' energy

A trash incinerator in Southwest Baltimore is the city’s largest single source of air pollution. But a state law has nonetheless allowed it to collect roughly $10 million in subsidies over the past six years through a program intended to promote green energy.

Few commuters who pass the imposing white smokestack on Interstate 95 have any idea that the plant burns their household waste, that their electric bills help to maintain it, or that it releases thousands of pounds of greenhouse gases and toxic substances — carbon dioxide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde among them — into the air every year.

Wheelabrator Baltimore gets the subsidies...

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