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High court defers to MDE, upholds agency’s stormwater permits

The Maryland Department of the Environment validly imposed stormwater-protection standards on two counties more stringent than the counties' population sizes would generally call for under the law and legitimately mandated that they reduce polluting discharges beyond “the maximum extent practicable,” as stated by statute, a sharply divided Maryland high court has ruled. In its 4-3 decision ...

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