Maryland Lawmakers Balk at Ending Subsidies for Trash Incineration

"Community members have urged lawmakers from the House and Senate to put the bill to a vote ahead of the March 18 deadline."

"Within a year of moving to Cherry Hill, a majority Black neighborhood on Baltimore’s southern tip, Shanae Thomas noticed her asthma—a health problem she was born with—had gradually worsened.

A 31-year old African-American woman and Baltimore native, Thomas moved to Cherry Hill in late 2019 because of family ties to the neighborhood and to gain more living space for her 8-year-old daughter, Chanel, and 13-year-old son, Devin.   

“The aggravated asthma got to the point where I was waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air,” said Thomas, adding that it happened despite her following the precautions her doctor would advise such as taking allergy medicine, avoiding exposure to smoke and monitoring inhaler dosage.    

“It was a mystery to me what was going on,” she said, until last October when a member of a local advocacy group knocked at her door and handed her a brochure about the trash incinerator spewing toxic contaminants and air pollution not far from where she lived."

Aman Azhar reports for Inside Climate News March 12, 2024.

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/13/2024