EPA to retest Baltimore chemical site
The former Chemical Metals Industries site in Baltimore is back under the scrutiny of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.