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Despite cost impact concerns, Baltimore City Council poised to vote on incinerator emissions bill Monday

Despite cost impact concerns, Baltimore City Council poised to vote on incinerator emissions bill Monday

The Baltimore City Council is poised to pass a bill Monday that would force a large Baltimore trash incinerator to dramatically reduce its emissions of harmful pollutants, even as a new analysis projects that waste disposal costs could rise by millions of dollars if the facility were to shut down.

Owners of the Wheelabrator Baltimore incinerator, the city’s single largest source of air pollution, have said it would be impossible to retrofit the facility into compliance with the stringent air quality standards that are being proposed.

City public works and finance officials have estimated the costs of sending trash to landfills instead: As much as $16 million more each year...

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