Baltimore Ditches Air Law Appeal After $40M Incinerator Deal

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (November 5, 2020, 4:05 PM EST) -- Baltimore has dropped its appeal of a federal judge's decision to strike down its ordinance clamping down on emissions from waste-to-energy facilities after Wheelabrator Technologies agreed to spend nearly $40 million on air emissions upgrades as part of a new contract with the city.

The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday voted 3-2 to approve a 10-year, $106 million contract with Wheelabrator that allows the company to continue operating its trash incinerator in the city. As part of the contract, the company agreed to install emissions upgrades that will address Baltimore's concerns about air pollution.

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