The Maryland Department of the Environment has scheduled a Jan. 30 hearing on permits needed for a proposed Frederick County garbage incinerator.
Opponents criticized the decision to hear comments on all three permits at one hearing. Opponents said dozens might want to speak on each. The permits will regulate air, water and ground emissions.
The Frederick News-Post reported that County Commissioner President Blaine Young said he expects the permits will be issued this spring.
Carroll County, Md., originally agreed to pay for 40 percent of the $386 million project, but has been seeking alternatives. Young said if Carroll County backs out, Frederick County could find another partner or scale back the project.
Frederick County proposed the incinerator to avoid paying almost $60 a ton to haul trash and save on electricity.