Aug 5, 2013

EPA to retest Baltimore chemical site

The former Chemical Metals Industries site in Baltimore is back under the scrutiny of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

Jul 14, 2013

Multistate agreement in works for Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS — States in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are working to have a new cleanup agreement ready by October with clearer goals and greater flexibility and transparency. This would be the fourth Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement in 30 years intended to spur improvements. The last agreement was signed in 2000. The Capital of Annapolis reported […]

Jul 12, 2013

Hagerstown cement plant owner fined $700,000

HAGERSTOWN — The owner of a Hagerstown cement plant has agreed to a $700,000 fine to settle allegations it violated the federal Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed settlement Thursday with the U.S. arm of the Swiss company Holcim and its St. Lawrence Cement Co. subsidiary. In addition to the […]

Jul 8, 2013

Chesapeake Bay restoration sized up: mixed report

RICHMOND, Va. — Washington, D.C., and states within the Chesapeake Bay watershed are making progress to reduce pollution flowing into the hobbled estuary but none is on track to meet cleanup commitments set this year, an analysis by environmental groups concludes. The mixed assessment released Monday is based on an analysis of benchmarks each state […]

Jul 2, 2013

Coalition aims to intervene in Conowingo Dam relicensing

CUMBERLAND — he Clean Chesapeake Coalition hopes the Conowingo Dam’s relicensing process will create an opportunity to address concerns about the dam’s role in Chesapeake Bay pollution. The Cumberland Times-News reports that lawyers for the coalition have filed to intervene in the federal relicensing process, seeking to add conditions to help protect the bay. The […]

Jun 26, 2013

Renewable energy rises as electricity source

NEW YORK — Renewable energy is growing fast around the world and will edge out natural gas as the second biggest source of electricity, after coal, by 2016, according to a five-year outlook published Wednesday by the International Energy Agency. Developing countries are building more wind, solar and hydroelectric power plants to meet rising power […]

Jun 25, 2013

Obama aims to tackle pollution, climate change

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday as he announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming. In a major speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action […]

Jun 20, 2013

Crisfield man pleads guilty to polluting after abandoning sinking boat

A Crisfield man has been convicted of polluting state waters by abandoning a dilapidated and sinking boat in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. State prosecutors say 56-year-old Gregory Sterling pleaded guilty to the charge in Somerset County District Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Prosecutors say the case against Sterling began […]

Jun 4, 2013

Are toxin standards too lax at CSX coal facility?

Environmental groups say draft pollution permits for CSX Transportation Inc.’s coal export facility in South Baltimore do not adequately protect Baltimore’s harbor.

May 2, 2013

Developer seeks $37M for Fort Detrick pollution

FREDERICK — A Frederick developer is seeking $37 million for what it claims is the Army’s failure to stop toxic chemicals from Fort Detrick from polluting groundwater off post. The Frederick News-Post reported Thursday on a claim that Waverly View Investors LLC filed with the Army. A Fort Detrick lawyer says he’s looking into the […]

May 1, 2013

State’s air quality improved, MDE says

The Maryland Department of the Environment said preliminary monitoring results from 2012 show “measurable signs of improvement” in air quality across the state.

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