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Baltimore Clean Air Act is invalidated by federal judge (access required)

A federal judge has struck down Baltimore’s Clean Air Act, finding the ordinance is preempted by state environmental law. The BCAA, signed into law in March 2019, imposed emissions standards that were intentionally more stringent than state and federal laws. Incinerator ...

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Justices decline to hear Carroll Co.’s stormwater appeal (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand without comment a decision that the Maryland Department of the Environment can impose upon counties stormwater pollution-prevention standards more stringent than those called for under the federal Clean Water Act. The justices ...

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AG files criminal charges against St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum developer (access required)

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh filed criminal charges Monday against a developer who demolished the historic St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum buildings in Baltimore without proper permits and notices. An eight-count criminal information filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court alleges that William ...

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MDE alleges closed paper mill is polluting Potomac River (access required)

A now-closed paper mill in Western Maryland is accused of polluting the North Branch of the Potomac River by improperly dumping “pulping liquor,” which sparked complaints over the summer. Luke Paper Mill, in Allegany County, manufactured paper products until its ...

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Justices show interest in Carroll County’s stormwater appeal (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court has shown an interest in hearing Carroll County’s argument that the Maryland Department of the Environment imposed upon the county stormwater pollution-prevention standards more stringent than those permitted under the federal Clean Water Act. The high ...

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Carroll Co. seeks Supreme Court review of stormwater obligation (access required)

The Maryland Department of the Environment imposed upon Carroll County stormwater pollution-prevention standards more stringent than those permitted under the federal Clean Water Act, the county is arguing in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review and overturn a decision ...

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Federal judge allows suit over groundwater contamination to proceed (access required)

Maryland’s lawsuit to redress the contamination of its waters with a gasoline additive can proceed after a federal judge denied the majority of motions to dismiss. U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander ruled on multiple motions to dismiss on Sept. 4. She ...

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High court defers to MDE, upholds agency’s stormwater permits (access required)

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,” ...

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