Clean Water Act

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Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md) has introduced legislation that would eliminate the exemptions for the oil and gas industry under the Clean Water  Act. Maryland News Connection reporter Deborah Smith prepared this report.

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A federal grand jury has indicted 73-year old Joseph Capano Sr. for illegally running electric and gas lines through wetlands at the troubled Riverbend residential community off Delaware Route 9.

The allegations include lying to the Army Corps of Engineers about the substance and time of the water line work and providing an affidavit that falsely claimed the water line went in before a federal cease and desist order in 2009.

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Congressman John Carney is backing a measure that would eliminate some of the permitting requirements for registering pesticides near navigable waters.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the pesticides would still be regulated by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

The Delaware Democrat says that the additional permitting process under the Clean Water Act places a burden on state agencies which does not allow them to carry out other important tasks such as mosquito management.

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Alan Hudson told a federal district court yesterday that it is possible water containing cow manure runs off into a ditch that drains from his property.

His testimony during a lawsuit filed against Hudson and Perdue for violations of the Clean Water Act by the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance.

Capital News Service reports that water samples taken near the farm in 2009 and 2010 showed a sharp spike in bacteria and nutrient levels.

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Could court officials visit the Hudson Farm in Berlin next month?

Perhaps.

Lawyers representing Alan and Kristin Hudson and Perdue Farms recently asked the federal court to come in person to the couple’s farm.

They argue that a visit would help the court understand the evidence and provide a firsthand look at the farm’s chicken houses, manure shed and cow pastures among other things.