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Baltimore Clean Air Act is invalidated by federal judge

The smokestack of the Wheelabrator waste-to-energy incenerator is seen from Russell Street. (Photo submitted by Emma Moore)

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

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court is ruling 5-4 to close the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent. The court's five conservative justices ruled Tuesday that the parents could not sue Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., who killed their unarmed 15-year-old son in 2010.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully argued that not every criticism of a person holding a position of public trust addresses a matter of public concern. (The Daily Record/File Photo)

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

In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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

In this June 17, 2019 photo, The Supreme Court is shown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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

Edward A. Garmatz United States Courthouse in Baltimore (File)

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

The Court of Appeals builiding in Annapolis. MF-D 9/20/04.

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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