September 7, 2012 3:22 pm
The company that will operate a $527-million incinerator in Frederick County was forced to pay a $77,500-penalty to the state last year for its failure to control mercury emissions released from its South Baltimore plant, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., a New Hampshire-based company, agreed on Dec. 12, 2011, to pay the fine after the MDE said the plant on Russell Street violated air-pollution laws in two separate incidents.
The Baltimore incinerator, which opened in 1985, burns up to 2,250 tons of trash per day. At full capacity, the plant can generate more than 60,000 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy per hour, which is the equivalent of supplying electricity to 68,000 Maryland homes.
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