Last year, the garbage incinerator located in downtown Baltimore burned 700,000 tons of municipal solid waste from the city and surrounding jurisdictions; 161,000 came from residents and businesses in Baltimore. 1,100 tons of nitrous oxides were released from BRESCO. Even more alarming, these nitrous oxides react with organic compounds to create extremely high levels of ozone resulting in “Code Orange” days. This horrible air quality alert signifies a serious tragedy for public health that must be dealt with in Baltimore City.
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