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Baltimore City Council gives preliminary OK to tighter air standards for Wheelabrator trash incinerator

Baltimore City Council gives preliminary OK to tighter air standards for Wheelabrator trash incinerator

The City Council gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would force the owner of a Southwest Baltimore trash incinerator to dramatically reduce emissions from what is the city’s single largest source of air pollution.

Virtually all of city households’ trash, along with waste from around the region, is burned at the Wheelabrator Baltimore facility, whose white smokestack towers over Interstate 95 near Russell Street. While its owners say it produces less greenhouse gases than a landfill, neighbors and environmentalists say it is fouling the air with too much mercury, lead and asthma-inducing nitrogen oxides.

But as the legislation advances through the council, concerns...

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