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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Maryland's attorney general says the state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution.

Raquel Coombs, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Brian Frosh, told The Associated Press the lawsuit will be filed Wednesday after weeks of preparation.

Gov. Larry Hogan directed the attorney general to sue the EPA Wednesday morning. The Hogan administration says 70 percent of Maryland's ozone problem originates in upwind states.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act.

Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

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A measure to tighten up environmental regulations on large chicken operations has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

State Senator Richard Madaleno (D) has authored a bill that would require the Maryland Department of the Environment to identify and monitor all air pollution emitted from these facilities.

They’re known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations or CAFO’s.

And, they have stirred up strong opposition on the Eastern Shore where longtime residents have complained about the new facilities that have arrived in their backyard.

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Professor Keith Eshleman (ESH'-el-men) in the center's Frostburg office said in a statement Tuesday that his team found nearly universal improvement in water quality since 1986 across the Upper Potomac River Basin. The area includes parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland agency says a permit has expired to build what clean air advocates say would be the largest trash burning incinerator in the country.

The Maryland Department of the Environment found Thursday that the permit for the waste-to-energy plant proposed for Baltimore expired when construction stopped in October 2013.

The project was being developed by New York-based Energy Answers.

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Demonstrators took to the streets in Middletown to protest the proposed natural gas power plant that would generate electricity for the 228-thousand square-foot Middletown Technology Center.

Some carried red and white signs that that read residents against the power plant.

Don Nardy, an electrical engineer and local resident, told the Wilmington News Journal that it sounded like the power plant was designed to sell electricity.

He also feared it would cause air pollution in a highly populated area.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by environmentalists to an order from Delaware's former environmental secretary granting an air quality permit for a crude oil transfer station at the Delaware City oil refinery.
 
The court rejected the appeal Thursday, one day after hearing oral arguments.
 

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A Code Orange alert has been issued for today by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

It will affect the corridor up along I-95 in the northern part of the state.

That means the air has become too unhealthy for those with asthma, heart and lung disease as well as for children.

On Saturday the air pollution is expected to moderate.  

By Sunday a cold front is forecast.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel is set to hear a high-stakes appeal by environmentalists of an air pollution permit issued to PBF Energy's Delaware City oil refinery.

The permit granted by Delaware's environmental secretary in May involves the loading of crude oil onto barges for shipment to another PBF refinery in Paulsboro, N.J. 

That operation is part of a larger transfer operation in which PBF brings crude oil by rail from various sources, including tar sands oil from Canada, to a new rail loop near Delaware City that can accommodate hundreds of tanker cars each week.

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Dover will be getting a 309 megawatt natural gas power plant.

Calpine is expected to invest $300 million into the project and the project is estimated to bring in some $2.3 million to the local governments.

New plant is expected produced hundreds of job clean energy and cut customer jobs.

Governor Jack Markell called the plant a critical component for the First State’s effort to slash air pollution noting that emissions have declined over the last four years.

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