Baltimore Sun Sunday : 2019-02-10
MARYLAND : 5 : 5
5 NEWS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 | | THE BALTIMORE SUN NO MORE LIES! Environmental activists are misleading the public in an effort to close Wheelabrator Baltimore and Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services Tell your councilperson to vote NO on Council Bill 18-0306 CLAIM: City asthma rates are worst in South Baltimore near Wheelabrator and Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services FACT: Asthma is a citywide issue, driven primarily by emissions from on-road vehicle traffic. Some of the neighborhoods with relatively low asthma rates are adjacent to Wheelabrator and Curtis Bay Medical Waste Services. 3 of the 5 neighborhoods with the highest rates of chronic lower respiratory disease, including asthma, are located several miles north of the facilities. CLAIM: The “clean air” act will improve the city’s air quality The “clean air” act will hurt the city’s air quality by adding 37,000 new tractor-trailer trips on Baltimore roads – significantly increasing greenhouse gases. FACT: CLAIM: The city doesn’t need a waste-to-energy facility because we are moving toward zero waste. Maryland Department of the Environment figures show the city generated more waste and recycled less in 2017 than 2016. FACT: Communities with the highest incidence of respiratory disease #5 Hamilton 83 Medfield #2 Hamden/Woodberry/ Remington 95 #4 Greenmount East #55 Franklintown 40 Lowest Incidence 895 40 Morrell Park/ Violetville 35 # #1 Canton Highest Incidence 95 695 #40 Cherry Hill Westport #23 Brooklyn 3 # Mount Winans/Lakeland /Curtis Bay/Hawkins Point Neighborhood Health Profile Reports by the Baltimore City Health Department Rankings for Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease. Source: BCHD calculations of data provided by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Vital Statistics Administration (2011-2015). Includes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. (individual neighborhoods) GetTheFactsBmore.com
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