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File #: 20-0207R    Version: 0 Name: City Council Seeks City Appeal to Preserve Baltimore’s Clean Air Act
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 4/6/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 4/6/2020
Enactment #:
Title: City Council Seeks City Appeal to Preserve Baltimore’s Clean Air Act For the purpose of formally requesting that the Baltimore City Law Department appeal the March 27, 2020 decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland regarding the Baltimore Clean Air Act.
Sponsors: Edward Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Kristerfer Burnett, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, John T. Bullock, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, Bill Henry, Sharon Green Middleton, Shannon Sneed, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Robert Stokes, Sr.
Indexes: Appeals, Baltimore City, Clean Air
Attachments: 1. 20-0207R~1st Reader
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
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Introduced by: Councilmember Reisinger, Councilmember Clarke, Councilmember Burnett, President Scott, and Councilmembers Bullock, Cohen, Dorsey, Henry, Middleton, Sneed
A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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City Council Seeks City Appeal to Preserve Baltimore’s Clean Air Act
For the purpose of formally requesting that the Baltimore City Law Department appeal the March 27, 2020 decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland regarding the Baltimore Clean Air Act.
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The Baltimore Clean Air Act was approved by City Council on February 11, 2019 and it was signed into law by the Mayor on March 7, 2019. As enacted, the Baltimore Clean Air Act requires that, starting in September 2020, any waste incinerators located within Baltimore use modern technology to monitor and disclose their air pollution. In addition, these incinerators must meet modern requirements for controlling 4 major air pollutants.

This law affects 2 waste incinerators: the Wheelabrator incinerator and the Curtis Bay Energy incinerator. The Wheelabrator incinerator burns up to 2,250 tons per day of trash from the City, 6 Maryland Counties and 7 other states. The Curtis Bay Energy incinerator is the nation’s largest medical waste incinerator and accepts medical waste from 20 states, DC, and Canada.

Wheelabrator is the city’s largest air polluter. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is responsible for 43% of the greenhouse gases emitted by industry in the city and 38% of the health-damaging industrial air pollution, including being th...

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