Baltimore panel rejects incinerator permit

September 28, 1991

The city Board of Municipal and Zoning Appeals has again refused to issue an occupancy permit to a $27 million medical-waste incinerator in Hawkins Point.

In a decision released Monday, the board found that Medical Waste Associates (MWA), the builders of the incinerator, were in violation of a 1989 city ordinance that permitted the company to haul trash only from hospitals in the city and Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties.

The company has insisted that it must accept waste from outside Maryland to complete tests required by its bondholder. Those tests require the incinerator to handle as much as 150 tons a day of waste, which MWA says it cannot collect from the permitted area alone.

William Boucher 3rd, chairman of MWA, said yesterday that the company intends to appeal the board's decision to the Baltimore Circuit Court. In the meantime, he said, the incinerator can continue to operate under its temporary permit.

Aside from the permit squabble, MWA has taken the city to federal court arguing that the ordinance setting geographic boundaries is an unconstitutional restraint of trade. The case is now in the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.