With this cheery fella on their homepage, Curtis Bay Energy must be sunshine and rainbows and large, open fields, right?
Sadly, no. Curtis Bay Energy is Baltimore’s 13th-largest polluter, and is the nation’s largest medical waste incinerator – of course, located in Curtis Bay!
There once were over 3,000 medical waste incinerators in the country, but due to more environmentally-friendly processes becoming available, that number has dwindled to about a few dozen.
Online since 1991, the facility formerly known as Phoenix Services and (insert previous name) has a checkered history. From 2003-2005, for example, Curtis Bay Energy was cited for over 400 violations!
You know what’s worse?
Curtis Bay receives medical waste from 19 states, DC, and Canada!