Environmental Protection Agency http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Are We Being Overly Optimistic About Clean Up Effort for the Bay? http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/are-we-being-overly-optimistic-about-clean-effort-bay <p>The public interest group Environmental Integrity Project issued two new reports questioning how much progress has actually been made in the cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and whether "best management practices" efforts are working as well as intended. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Abel Russ, an attorney with EIP.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:53:59 +0000 Don Rush 57996 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Are We Being Overly Optimistic About Clean Up Effort for the Bay? EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/epa-says-delaware-not-meeting-bay-cleanup-goals <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.</p><p>That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.</p><p>The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:56:36 +0000 Don Rush 56791 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals Delaware Officials: EPA Emission Efforts Mirror First State http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-officials-epa-emission-efforts-mirror-first-state <p>GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say an Obama administration plan for reducing pollutants blamed for global warming mirrors steps that Delaware already has taken to improve air quality.</p><p>The proposed rules released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency call for cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years.</p><p>Delaware environmental secretary Collin O'Mara says the proposed rules simply echo what Delaware already has done on its own and as part of a regional greenhouse gas initiative with eight other states.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:37:38 +0000 Don Rush 55351 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Officials: EPA Emission Efforts Mirror First State More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/more-court-briefs-backing-epa-bay-restoration-plan <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says more friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in support of a massive restoration of the estuary.</p><p>The leading advocate for the bay's cleanup says one amicus brief has been filed by several cities, including New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles and San Francisco. A second was filed by Florida conservation groups.</p><p>This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:57:06 +0000 Don Rush 53028 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chesapeake-bay-restoration-pits-agriculture-against-va-state-attorney-general <p>HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is defending the federal and state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday the state has filed a friend-of-the court brief in support of pollution limits to restore the bay after decades of neglect. The filing is with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.</p><p>Farm industry groups are appealing a federal judge's decision last September to uphold the federal pollution limits.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:20:36 +0000 Don Rush 52332 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General EPA Says It Is Not Endorsing Gas-Fired Plant in Newark http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/epa-says-it-not-endorsing-gas-fired-plant-newark <p>The Environmental Protection Agency says the agency has not given its blessing to the gas-fired power plant that would come with the data center at the proposed facility in Newark.</p><p>EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin said that a letter from his agency supporting the type of cogeneration technology planned for the site…is not an endorsement of the project.</p><p>And Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark) told the Wilmington News Journal that the letter should not be used as an endorsement.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:11:20 +0000 Don Rush 51001 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net EPA Says It Is Not Endorsing Gas-Fired Plant in Newark Not Joining Lawsuit Against EPA, The Clean Chesapeake Coalition Says http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/not-joining-lawsuit-against-epa-clean-chesapeake-coalition-says <p>The Clean Chesapeake Coalition says it is not interested in becoming a part of a federal lawsuit that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>Attorney Chip McLeod told the Salisbury Daily Times that a statement by one of the Wicomico County Council members in joining such a suit did not represent his organization’s interests.</p><p>Council member Bob Culver made those remarks when the council voted to spend $25-thousand to join the Coalition.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:47:42 +0000 Don Rush 49877 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Not Joining Lawsuit Against EPA, The Clean Chesapeake Coalition Says Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wicomico-joins-effort-modify-epa-chesapeake-cleanup-plan <p>The Wicomico County Council has joined The Clean Chesapeake Coalition and has paid $25-thousand to become a member along with other counties such as Dorchester, Kent and Caroline.</p><p>The coalition was formed a little more than a year ago after the state developed a Watershed Implementation Plan that is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency.</p><p>The standards for the plans would limit the amount of nutrients and sediment that runs into the Chesapeake Bay.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:17:15 +0000 Don Rush 49812 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan EPA Maps Sediment Contamination from Metachem Plant http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/epa-maps-sediment-contamination-metachem-plant <p>The Environmental Protection Agency is mapping out the sediment from the old Standard Chlorine/Metachem plant near Delaware City.</p><p>The government agency is wrapping up weeks of sampling at 80 different sites near the Red Lion Creek…where toxic substances such as chlorinated benzenes, dioxins and PCB’s have been found at a depth of 24 feet and in ground water at depths of 150 feet.</p><p>The Wilmington News Journal reports that even hundreds of yards away from the former plant and its storage facilities workers are required to wear protect suits as they wade through nearby wetlands.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:53:40 +0000 Don Rush 47829 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net EPA Maps Sediment Contamination from Metachem Plant Farm Groups Pledge to Appeal EPA Ruling http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/farm-groups-pledge-appeal-epa-ruling <p>HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Farm groups are appealing a judge&#39;s decision to uphold U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits that are designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association said Tuesday that they are appealing the Sept. 13 decision.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:47:55 +0000 Don Rush 42628 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Farm Groups Pledge to Appeal EPA Ruling Delaware Wants Easing of Environmental Rules From EPA http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-wants-easing-environmental-rules-epa <p>Delaware state officials want federal environmental regulators to allow local power plants and factories to buy pollution reduction credits outside the state…even if that means more pollution here.</p><p>U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned last year that it would not accept a rule change that applies to new sources of pollutants that form ground-level ozone.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:01:19 +0000 Don Rush 39656 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Wants Easing of Environmental Rules From EPA New Federal Deal With CBF to Scrutinize Farm Pollution http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-federal-deal-cbf-scrutinize-farm-pollution <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced an agreement to ensure that dairy farms, poultry growers and other farm animal operations are on track to reduce pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>The foundation said the agreement announced Wednesday is intended to ensure that the multi-state, EPA-led restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is achieved by 2025.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:23:24 +0000 Don Rush 35533 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Federal Deal With CBF to Scrutinize Farm Pollution Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/pollution-poultry-manure-overestimated <p>NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware-led study has found that decades-old federal standards overestimate current poultry industry contributions to water pollution.</p><p>The<a href="http://delonline.us/100IFow"> News Journal of Wilmington</a> reports that researchers found that nitrogen levels in poultry house manure are 55 percent lower than the Environmental Protection Agency's standards. Efforts to eliminate waterway dead zones and algal blooms nationwide have focused on pollution from manure.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:05:32 +0000 Don Rush 34207 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated Berlin Utility Plant Retrofit http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/berlin-utility-plant-retrofit <p></p><p>Work is underway in Berlin to ensure that the town’s power plant will meet new environmental requirements by May.</p><p>Tim Lawrence, the town’s electric utility director, said that under federal rules these plants must cut their emissions by 70 percent.</p><p>Installation of an oxidation catalyst that captures emission through the exhaust system started this week.</p><p>He told the Salisbury Daily Times that the work crews began taking the existing muffler systems off the plant’s engines.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:31:00 +0000 Don Rush 29027 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Berlin Utility Plant Retrofit Chesapeake Bay Restoration Improves http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/chesapeake-bay-restoration-improves <p></p><p>There are signs of recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>Bay grasses, crabs and rockfish are all showing resilience, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.</p><p>The grasses in particularly in the large Susquehanna Flats near the top of the bay not only survived a tropical storm two years ago but have been coming back in a dramatic way in the mid-bay areas.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the latest survey still found that only 34 percent of the bay met the standards for water oxygen levels while water clarity was still deemed very poor.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:37:31 +0000 Don Rush 28424 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Chesapeake Bay Restoration Improves Decline in Air Pollution for Mid-Atlantic Region http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/decline-air-pollution-mid-atlantic-region <P>BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says releases of toxic air pollutants were down in 2011 in the Mid-Atlantic region.</P> <P>And the federal agency says cleaner power plants are part of the reason.</P> <P>The EPA says releases were down 13.8 percent in 2011 in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia compared to 2010. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:27:51 +0000 Don Rush 27623 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Loses Federal Bay Restoration Funds http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-loses-federal-bay-restoration-funds <P>NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Virginia is losing federal aid for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects because regulators aren't satisfied with the state's efforts to address storm water pollution.</P> <P>The <A href="http://bit.ly/PkrA77">Virginian-Pilot</A>&nbsp; says the Environmental Protection Agency notified the state late last month that it is withholding $1.2 million in grant money. Virginia was supposed to receive more than $2.4 million this year.</P> <P>The EPA cited Virginia's lack of progress in reducing storm water runoff from city streets, parking lots and urban storm drains. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 11:58:36 +0000 Don Rush 20794 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Loses Federal Bay Restoration Funds Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/federal-grant-help-va-farmers-save-bay <P>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been awarded a $198,740 grant to work with farmers in Virginia.</P> <P>The funding announced Tuesday from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation train more Virginia farmers on sustainable grazing management and other environmental-friendly practices. The objective of the partnership is to reduce the flow of pollutants and sediments into the Chesapeake Bay.</P> <P>The bay is amid a massive restoration effort directed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 12:37:59 +0000 Don Rush 19939 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay $22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/227-million-federal-grant-chesapeake-bay-restoration <P>BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.</P> <P>Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin says the 41 projects will reduce runoff of sediment as well as sewage, fertilizer and other pollution that feeds harmful algae blooms in the bay. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 12:38:50 +0000 Don Rush 19606 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net $22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Coastal Bays Program Gets Grant For Students on Eastern Shore http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/coastal-bays-program-gets-grant-students-eastern-shore <p>OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it is giving $173,400 to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program for students on the Eastern Shore to pursue environmental careers.</p><p>The funds are for educational, research, and career-related activities focusing on green infrastructure. That includes marine and science programs, internships and environmental stewardship programs. The EPA says the award increases EPA funding for the initiative to more than $600,000.</p><p>The award was announced Friday at a youth summit in Ocean City.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:47:04 +0000 Don Rush 17761 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Needs EPA To Curb Air Pollution From Other States http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-needs-epa-curb-air-pollution-other-states <p>&nbsp;</p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is not meeting federal ozone standards&nbsp;and isn&#39;t likely to do so without federal policies to address pollution blowing in from other states.</p><p>That&#39;s the word from a new clean-air report issued Monday by&nbsp;the Maryland Department of the Environment.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:52:53 +0000 Don Rush 12211 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Environmental Group Says Not Enough Being Spent by Maryland to Clean Up Bay http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/environmental-group-says-not-enough-being-spent-maryland-clean-bay <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;An environmental group says there is not enough money being spent to fund Maryland&rsquo;s bay restoration plan.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Chesapeake Bay Foundation&rsquo;s Maryland Executive Director Alison Prost said that while the state is halfway to its bay restoration goals lawmakers must come up with more money and make policy changes.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2012 13:07:23 +0000 Don Rush 9521 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Mixed Bag for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Under President's Budget Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/mixed-bag-chesapeake-bay-restoration-under-presidents-budget-plan <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;The President&rsquo;s fiscal 2013 budget unveiled this week would increase spending on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Under the spending plan the Environmental Protection Agency would see a $15 million increase in funding to assist watershed states in carrying out their plans to cut nutrients and sediments from farms, urban runoff and wastewater by 2025.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 13:56:48 +0000 Don Rush 7858 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net