By| Sherry Greenfield
Kay Cunningham isn’t happy that an incinerator will be built two miles from her home in the Kingsbrook subdivision south of Frederick city.
The mother of three said she is worried that any chemicals coming out of the smoke stacks will harm her family.
“I live two miles from this, and I’m not very comfortable,” she said. “It’s kind of like the fox looking out for the hen house.”
Cunningham let her feelings be known to officials with the Maryland Department of the Environment and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., the New Hampshire-based company building the incinerator, at a hearing Tuesday night.
The hearing, which was part of the incinerator’s permitting process, was held at Ballenger Creek Elementary School in the Kingsbrook subdivision, just a few miles from where the incinerator will be built.
Officials with Wheelabrator attempted to reassure Cunningham and several of her neighbors that the incinerator, or what some people call a “waste-to-energy facility” because it burns trash to generate electricity, will have up-to-date air quality control technologies and will be nothing like the old-fashioned incinerators built in the 1970s.
“Waste-to-energy is one of the most regulated industries in the country,” said James Connolly, Wheelabrator’s senior manager of environmental permitting. “There are a whole set of regulations. … We’re using some state-of-the-art air quality control systems and new advanced control technology that really satisfies air quality controls. We satisfy all state and federal standards.”
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