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Baltimore Waste Facilities Get City’s Clean Air Act Struck Down

March 27, 2020, 7:53 PM

Two Baltimore waste incineration facilities succeeded in their challenge to the city’s Clean Air Act after a Maryland federal court found Friday that the ordinance conflicted with the federal Clean Air Act and Maryland law.

The court granted the facilities summary judgment because the stricter Baltimore regulations undermined the state’s authority and the federal Clean Air Act’s regulatory scheme.

The Wheelabrator Baltimore waste-to-energy facility and the Curtis Bay Baltimore Regional Medical Waste Incinerator argued that the Baltimore Clean Air Act was an attempt to shut the facilities down “by imposing extraordinarily low emission limits and other mandates that the City...

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