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Jun 15, 2022

Md. high court will weigh MDE regulation of ammonia to protect the bay

Maryland’s top court will consider if state agency validly rejected a request to impose ammonia emissions standards for feeding operations to protect the bay.

Nov 21, 2017

Md. top court: Development accords need not provide ‘enhanced benefits’

In a victory for developers over environmentalists, Maryland’s top court has unanimously held that county-approved property-development agreements need not contain provisions ensuring enhanced benefits for the community, such as new schools or better roads. Nothing in Maryland law or in legislative history governing Development Rights and Responsibilities Agreements compel developers or counties[...]

Dec 16, 2016

Md. high court affirms PSC’s $48M fee on Dominion’s Cove Point project

The Maryland Public Service Commission was within its regulatory authority when it required a gas company to pay $48 million as a condition for approval of a planned 130-megawattt electric generating station in Calvert County, the state’s top court ruled unanimously Friday.

Nov 5, 2013

Climate group hopes to double energy goal

A Maryland environmental group wants the state to double the minimum amount of energy that must be generated by wind and solar sources over the next decade.

Jul 22, 2013

House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding

WASHINGTON — House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. The $24 billion spending measure would gut the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency with a one-third […]

Jul 15, 2013

Lawmakers get tough grades from environment group

The Maryland General Assembly left a number of important environmental issues on the table when it adjourned in April, environmentalists said on Monday.

Apr 8, 2013

Md. session mixed for environmentalists

Environmentalists got some of what they wanted from Maryland lawmakers during the legislative session that headed toward adjournment Monday, including an offshore wind bill and a divisive measure designed to help farmers comply with Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations. Among the measures environmental groups didn’t get was a bill to prohibit the use of new hydraulic […]

Aug 7, 2012

Bay foundation sues over Sparrows Point steel mill sale

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Department of the Environment are calling for the potential sale of the Sparrows Point steel mill to be rejected if the deal does not contain clear language about what the new owner needs to do to clean up the site.

Jul 11, 2012

Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

PITTSBURGH — A new Department of Energy study may provide some of the first solid answers to an extremely controversial question: Do gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water? Department spokesman Richard Hammack says a gas drilling company in southwestern Pennsylvania has let researchers add tracing compounds to the fluids used […]

Jul 10, 2012

Environmentalists barely pass legislature

In the best session for environmental legislation in four years, members of the General Assembly still barely earned a passing grade, according to an environmental group’s annual scorecard. The Maryland League of Conservation Voters discussed its 2012 evaluation of legislators Tuesday standing atop Federal Hill Park, overlooking the picturesque but polluted water of Baltimore’s Inner […[...]

Jul 10, 2012

Environmental appeal involving RG Steel to proceed

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday that environmentalists can proceed with a federal court appeal in a dispute involving water quality monitoring at an RG Steel facility near Baltimore. RG Steel, the nation’s fourth-largest flat-rolled steel manufacturer, sought bankruptcy protection in late May, citing financial struggles with low steel prices and high […]

Jun 25, 2012

RG Steel judge asked to allow environmental appeal

DOVER, Del. — Environmentalists are asking a Delaware bankruptcy judge for permission to pursue a federal court appeal in a dispute involving RG Steel’s steel mill in Sparrows Point. RG Steel, the nation’s fourth-largest flat-rolled steel manufacturer, sought bankruptcy protection in Delaware last month. Bankruptcy filings routinely bring a halt to all litigation involving the [&hell[...]

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