The Energy Recovery Council testified at a hearing this week before the Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs in opposition to two bills that would have severely restricted the ability to construct waste-to-energy facilities in Maryland. ERC testimony this week complemented written testimony submitted last month on a third bill that would have also placed arbitrary limitations on the siting of waste-to-energy plants in the state. The Committee took swift and decisive action following the hearing and voted down all three bills. All three bills were similar in nature: they would have prohibited the Maryland Department of the Environment from permitting construction of a waste-to-energy facility based on proximity to homes, parks, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, etc. ERC believes that these bills are heavy-handed reactions to garden variety not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) issues and would inappropriately limit the ability of local governments to make informed and considered judgments on the siting of waste-to-energy plants.