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I believe The Gazette is correct in stating that the issue of the incinerator is bubbling. In fact for many of us it is boiling over ("Incinerator is not perfect, but it is reasonable," The Gazette, Oct. 1).
This project has been described by at least two of the Frederick commissioners who voted for it as "the best of a poor lot," and many of us believe that is not an appropriate path to take when the stakes are so high from both a fiscal and environmental perspective.
$2 billion in debt service and operating costs excluding major overhauls and millions in kickbacks from Wheelabrator to the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority (courtesy of the taxpayers), and after paying out this huge sum, what will taxpayers own? Nothing, absolutely nothing, as the facility will be owned by the authority.
The authority and one of the commissioners indicate we will "save" $629 million by eliminating the current method of hauling our waste out of state, but I wonder why no one is talking about the fact that anywhere from 15 percent to 30 percent of what is burned will remain after incineration, and will need to be trucked to a landfill somewhere, and the rest of what is burned will go up the smokestack to be inhaled by those downwind while we spend that $2 billion to save $629 million.