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Mooney's bill aims to block Frederick Co. incinerator

March 12, 2009

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- A state senator is redoubling his efforts to block construction of a large-scale trash incinerator near Frederick.

Alex X. Mooney, R-Frederick/Washington, introduced a bill in the General Assembly on Wednesday that would limit such projects to land zoned for heavy industry more than three miles from homes, churches, parks or hospitals.

Last month, Mooney sponsored a bill to prohibit incinerators within a mile of national parks.

Both measures are aimed at blocking a $527 million incinerator that Frederick and Carroll counties are considering building near the Monocacy National Battlefield to conserve landfill space and generate electricity.

Incinerator proponents say Mooney should instead seek legislation to increase recycling and reducing waste.

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