This Week in the Watershed: Healthy Communities, Healthy Bay

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Air pollution from Baltimore's Wheelabrator trash incinerator causes $55 million annually in health problems.

Rob Beach/CBF Staff

It's no coincidence that what's good for water quality is often good for public health. And in Baltimore, one facility stands in the way of both.

A report commissioned by CBF concludes that living near Baltimore's Wheelabrator trash incinerator is similar to living with a smoker, at least for some children, senior citizens, and others with sensitive lungs. But the harm caused by the plant stretches into other states as well, causing $55 million annually in health problems.

The report, authored by George D. Thurston of New York University School of Medicine, focused on Wheelabrator as Maryland considers new nitrogen oxide (NOx) limits for the plant. The incinerator is one of many sources of NOx pollution in the region that may have similar effects on human health and the environment.

As we have previously discussed, reducing air pollution is critical not only in efforts to save the Bay, but also to improve public health. Alison Prost, CBF's Maryland Executive Director, sums it up—"Healthy communities are a healthy Bay."

We will continue to fight for clean water, knowing that with the full implementation of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, our economy will prosper, lifestyles will improve, and perhaps most importantly, lives will be saved.

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What's Happening Around the Watershed?

January 4

  • Easton, MD: Come hear state legislators and numerous regional organizations discuss their preservation, land and water goals for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly's Regular Legislative Session. Click here to register!

January 25-February 3

  • Throughout Virginia: Help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers by participating in CBF's Grasses for the Masses program. Participants grow wild celery, a type of underwater grass, in their homes for 10-12 weeks. After 10-12 weeks of grow-out, participants will gather to plant their grasses in select local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay. With workshops held throughout Virginia, there's plenty of opportunity to get involved. Click here to find one near you!
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Drew Robinson

Former Digital Advocacy and Outreach Manager, CBF

Issues in this Post

Air Pollution   Air Pollution   Conservation   Water Quality   CBF in Maryland   CBF in Virginia   Eastern Shore Office   Federal Affairs Office   Hampton Roads Office   Maryland Office, Annapolis   Pennsylvania Office   Virginia Office, Richmond  


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