Mayor orders halt to burning


Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke today ordered the $26 million medical waste incinerator in Hawkins Point to stop accepting out-of-state hospital waste immediately or shut down, a spokesman for the mayor said.

After meeting this morning with angry residents of southern city neighborhoods, Schmoke said the incinerator developed by Medical Waste Associates was violating a city zoning ordinance that bars it from accepting waste from outside the Baltimore area, reported Clinton Coleman, the mayor's press secretary.

Medical Waste officials have said they are testing the new incinerator with hospital refuse from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York because they cannot get enough locally.

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