Fair Development March to Stop the Incinerator!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting and joining us in yesterday’s March to Stop the Incinerator. It was a huge success. Over a hundred people came out, and made the trek from the school down East Patapsco Ave to the incinerator site, less than a mile away. There we held a ceremony in honor of those in the community that already have asthma, cancer, and other respiratory illnesses due to the toxic pollution in the neighborhood. Below is a quick recap of the day in images, sound, and video, compiled by our media team.

The march began with a rally at Ben Franklin High School, led by the members of our “Free Your Voice” youth human rights committee.

“Yes, Curtis Bay has a long history of air pollution,” said Destiny Watford, a Towson University student and member of Free Your Voice. “But just because that’s the way it’s always been. Doesn’t mean that that’s the way that it always has to be… We can change the fate of the community and the fight for that change, starts right here, right now.”

After the rally, everyone filed out of the school for the march to the incinerator. Marchers held banners and sunflower signs, and chanted “What do we want? Fair Development! When do we want it? Now!”

Here is a quick video of some raw clips from the march.

The march ended with a ceremony at the site of the proposed incinerator, less than a mile away from Ben Franklin High School, in a region that already registers some of the nation’s highest levels of toxic air pollution. Here is a short videoof the speeches at the closing ceremony, produced for the Baltimore Post-Examiner.

Don’t Trash Our Community: Governor O’Malley, Stop the Incinerator

Sign Our Online Petition to Stop the Energy Answers Incinerator.

For the health of our community and our children we are calling on Governor Martin O’Malley to stop the proposed trash burning incinerator from being built in Curtis Bay. If built the Energy Answers Incinerator would be the largest of its kind in the nation, producing more pollutants per hour of energy produced than the largest coal plants in Maryland. Worse still, the project is set to be built less than a mile from Benjamin Franklin High School and Curtis Bay Elementary School, in violation of Maryland state regulations. It is this kind of recklessness that has led Baltimore to be ranked number one in air pollution related deaths per capita.

Energy Answers was required to begin construction in August. While the Maryland Department of Environment investigates if they failed to do so, we are calling on Governor O’Malley to intervene and protect our children’s health and the health of our community.

Please contact Governor O’Malley if you want to stop the nations’ largest incinerator from being built less than a mile from schools.  Let him know that our community is not a dumping ground.  Let him know that the Energy Answers incinerator needs to be STOPPED.

Governor’s office phone # 410.974.3901 / 1.800.811.8336
Governor O’Malley’s contact page: http://www.governor.maryland.gov/mail/

Sign Our Online Petition to Stop the Energy Answers Incinerator.