Md., Feds OK Harbor Point project
The proposed $1 billion project at Harbor Point cleared major environmental hurdles Thursday when state and federal agencies approved the developer’s detailed design plan for energy giant Exelon Corp.’s regional headquarters.
U.S. agriculture secretary touts farm efforts in bay cleanup
RICHMOND, Va. — Farmers have significantly reduced the flow of pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay, with new conservation practices keeping more than 15 million tons of sediment alone out of the estuary, a report released Thursday said. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released the results of farm surveys to document how voluntary, incentive-based approaches to agricultural […]
Pols in hot water over rain tax
Republicans and Democrats alike appear to be lining up with legislation to alter and in some cases repeal the controversial stormwater pollution fee sometimes referred to as the “rain tax.”
High court will review EPA global warming rules
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to decide whether to block key aspects of the Obama administration’s plan aimed at cutting power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The justices said they will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld the government’s unprecedented regulation of carbon dioxide and […]
Eastern Shore farmers express concern about fertilizer rules
SALISBURY — Eastern Shore farmers are expressing concerns about new rules relating to how they apply poultry manure to their crops. Farmers talked about their concerns Tuesday night in Salisbury with state agriculture officials. Maryland Department of Agriculture officials say the phosphorus management tool will be phased in for farms with a fertility index value […]
Farm groups appeal Chesapeake Bay cleanup ruling
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Farm groups said Tuesday that they were appealing a judge’s decision to uphold federal pollution limits that are designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, by more tightly regulating wastewater treatment, construction and agricultural runoff. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association […]
Next Supreme Court term could bring new focus on Clean Air Act
Two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenge an Environmental Protection Agency rule designed to reduce the amount of power plant air pollutants that drift across state lines may be the first in a flurry of high court environmental cases that could have a major impact on federal policy and businesses.
Judge does not award Perdue attorneys’ fees in pollution lawsuit
The group that accused Perdue Farms Inc. of polluting the Chesapeake Bay will not have to pay attorneys’ fees to the poultry giant and a Berlin farmer.
Judge asked to dismiss ex-BP engineer’s indictment
NEW ORLEANS — A former BP engineer claims newly disclosed transcripts show “serious, recurring defects” in the grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment on charges he deleted text messages and voicemails about the company’s response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kurt Mix’s attorneys asked a federal judge on […]
Eye Opener: Cardin says he’ll try to undo sequester
A few government and politics headlines for Tuesday.
Department of Agriculture withdraws regulations after farmers protest
In a matter of hours on Monday, Eastern Shore lawmakers and farming interest groups went from outraged to satisfied with proposed state regulations.
Sewage spill prompts Deep Creek Lake restrictions
McHENRY — Garrett County officials say about 36,000 gallons of sewage spilled into a creek that flows into Deep Creek Lake. Officials imposed swimming and fishing restrictions in the north western end of Marsh Run Cove where the domestic wastewater spilled on Friday. After the overflow at the McHenry sewage holding tank, the Maryland Department […]