FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of the Environment is inviting the public to discuss a proposed incinerator near Frederick that would convert garbage from at least two counties into electricity.

 

The informational meeting is set for Thursday evening at Ballenger Creek Elementary School in Frederick.

 

It concerns the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority’s application for a permit to build and operate the $527 million incinerator.

 

The plant would serve Frederick and Carroll counties. Planners also have spoken with Washington County about possibly participating.

 

Proponents say the incinerator would save landfill space while generating electricity for sale.

 

Opponents say it will mar the view from the nearby Monocacy National Battlefield, increase heavy truck traffic and consume recyclables as fuel.

 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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