Jay Hancock's recent column ("This waste-to-energy plant could be model for Md.," Sept. 11) leaves a false impression that the Energy Answers (EA) incinerator project planned for Baltimore is a worthy, benign renewable energy project.
Children in the Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Hawkins Point communities will be endangered by this project. The negative health impacts associated with incinerator pollution include asthma, bronchitis, developmental delays and nerve damage. A 2008 study revealed that children living within three miles of incinerator sites were twice as likely to be diagnosed with childhood cancer. EA's permit also authorizes it to emit 240 pounds of mercury each year, as much as is currently emitted by much larger coal-fired plants in the state. Mercury impairs neurological development in fetuses, infants, and children.