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Dear Friend of the National Parks,

At a historic site near you, tranquility and clean air are about to go up in smoke.

Unless we act now, the state of Maryland may soon grant pollution permits for a new trash-burning incinerator to be built steps away from Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick. Speak up now to protect Monocacy's air quality and historic character!

The company applying for the permits admits that the incinerator would emit more than 229 tons of nitrogen oxide, 310 tons of carbon monoxide, 73 tons of particulate matter, and 39 tons of sulfuric acid mist--among many other pollutants--into the air over the battlefield each year.

In addition to the environmental impacts, the new trash incinerator would be visible from all parts of the battlefield, a jarring industrial intruder for anyone trying to experience and contemplate “the Battle that Saved Washington.” As the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy approaches in 2014, the legacy of those who fought and died there deserves better.

Frederick County’s partner in this project, Carroll County, has reconsidered its involvement, and has signaled it no longer wants to move forward. Now it’s Frederick County’s turn to reconsider.

Take Action: Please ask Frederick County Commissioners to reconsider plans to build a trash incinerator next to Monocacy National Battlefield.

Thank you for taking action to protect one of America's treasures right here in Frederick.


Joy Oakes

Joy M. Oakes
Sr. Director, Mid-Atlantic Region 

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