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BALTIMORE (LifeSiteNews) — A Baltimore energy company accused of incinerating the bodies of aborted infants has been forced to pay nearly $2 million in fines after pleading guilty to dozens of environmental violations following an investigation that predated the alleged discovery of aborted remains.

On Tuesday, the Office of Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown said Baltimore-based energy and waste company Curtis Bay Energy took a plea agreement, pleading guilty to 40 counts connected to the “systemic, improper, and unsafe handling, transport, and disposal of insufficiently incinerated special medical waste,” CBS News reported.

The company was fined $1 million in state penalties for the criminal violations and will also be required to pay $750,000 to a Supplemental Environmental Fund.

Yahoo Finance reported the fines amount to “one of the largest penalties in an environmental criminal case the state has ever seen.”

News of the criminal penalties comes after an investigation was launched into the company in 2019 over concerns about the company’s handling of waste while under previous management. 

A spokesperson for the attorney general said that employees of the energy company had previously raised the alarm after noticing “insufficiently burned special medical waste such as red bags, surgical gloves, medical supplies, bedding, and more.”

“Red bag” waste is another term for biohazardous waste, which can include human blood, tissue, and organs. Curtis Bay was not specifically charged with burning the remains of aborted babies, as pro-life activists have alleged they have done.

Last year, pro-life advocates made headlines for shockingly claiming to have recovered the bodies of more than 100 aborted babies from a box they said was set to go to the energy company to be incinerated and turned into energy for the city.

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As LifeSiteNews reported last year, Terrisa Bukovinac and Lauren Handy with the secular anti-abortion group Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising (PAAU) said they received a box allegedly containing the bodies of 115 aborted babies on March 25, 2022, from a truck driver who was loading boxes from the notorious Washington Surgi-Center abortion clinic run by infamous abortionist Cesare Santangelo. 

Bukovinac and Handy said the truck driver gave them the box, which they told The Daily Wire was “covered in labels” from Curtis Bay, after they explained they wanted to give the aborted babies inside a “proper burial” and funeral.

They said the box also contained five “extremely late-term” babies, in addition to the remains of many younger babies, and was on its way to Curtis Bay’s incineration facility for disposal.

In a later press conference, PAAU activist Missy Smith alleged that Curtis Bay had been receiving the remains of aborted babies, collected as “medical waste,” and then incinerating them as part of a process that creates energy for the city.

In a since-deleted entry on its website, Curtis Bay explained that it “utilizes ​Waste-to-Energy incineration to safely convert infectious/biomedical waste and non-hazardous pharmaceuticals into useful energy.”

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Members of PAAU reacted to news of Curtis Bay’s plea agreement and fines in a press release shared with LifeSiteNews via email Tuesday.

“I know firsthand that Curtis Bay burns aborted children because I intercepted a box of baby remains outside an all-term DC abortion business bound for a Curtis Bay incinerator,” Bukovinac said. “Curtis Bay must be held accountable for exposing the Baltimore community to toxic incinerated human bodies.”

PAAU executive director Catherine Smith said the hefty fine for improperly handling waste is “[a]ny step towards justice for the babies murdered by Cesare Santangelo is a victory for the pro-life movement.”

“Curtis Bay is a collaborator in the pervasive mass murder of abortion, and they must be held accountable for burning the bodies of thousands of aborted human beings,” Smith argued. “Curtis Bay must be shut down and their assets must be liquidated for the good of the community.”

In 2022, when accused of burning the bodies of babies to create electricity for the city, Curtis Bay strongly denied any involvement.

The company told several media outlets shortly after the initial reports that none of the boxes en route to their facility had been taken, contrary to PAAU’s claims, and insisted that Curtis Bay employees are prohibited from transporting fetal remains under company policy.

“On March 25, a Curtis Bay employee took custody of three packages from the Washington Surgery Center (Washington Surgi Clinic) and delivered all of them to Curtis Bay’s incineration facility,” the company said. “At no time did the Curtis Bay employee hand over any of these packages to the PAAU or other third party, and any allegations made otherwise are false.”

Curtis Bay’s special waste management customer’s guide lists both “fetal remains” and “human cadavers” as an “unacceptable waste” category for its Baltimore facility.

Responding to Curtis Bay’s statement at the time, Bukovinac said the truck driver “had already scanned the boxes in” before he handed them over to the activists.

“So I am not sure if Curtis Bay is lying, or if he already scanned them in, so therefore, they’re accounting for them,” she said. “From our observation, there was [sic] only two boxes, but it’s possible he had loaded one onto the truck before we arrived.”

Bukovinac suggested it’s also “definitely possible that they don’t know what is inside the box.”

A spokesperson for Curtis Bay Energy said that “new ownership and facility management have significantly increased investments in plant equipment, personnel, process improvements and training” since acquiring the company in 2021 and have “fully cooperated” with prior investigations by the state, per a written statement.