The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

South Baltimore:
Dumping Waste on Poor Neighborhoods

Jul 7, 2014

Energy Answers has begun building a power plant to generate electricity by burning waste near Baltimore’s Curtis Bay. Thousands of tons of municipal waste, demolition debris, car tires, and other auto parts will burn there. The plant will be allowed by the EPA to release 1,000 pounds of lead and 240 pounds of mercury into the air each year.

Neighborhood students have held several protests, saying the incinerator is less than a mile from the local elementary and high schools. Curtis Bay, this neighborhood in south Baltimore, already has plants that produce nearly 90 percent of Baltimore’s toxic air pollution.

The developers say this incinerator is clean. If this incinerator is so clean, why didn’t they build it in a rich neighborhood? Why did they choose to put it in a heavily working class, already polluted neighborhood?