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8:16 am
Thu November 20, 2014

MD Senators Vote Against Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md)
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Maryland’s two senators voted against the Keystone XL pipeline this week when it failed to get the 60 votes required to close debate in the Senate.

Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin joined 37 other Democrats and two independents in opposition to the legislation that would have given the green light to construct the 17-hundred mile project.

The pipeline would bring the controversial Canadian tar sands oil to Texas.

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9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

O'Malley Moves Forward with Phosphorus Regulations

Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md)
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Governor Martin O’Malley is going to move forward with the new phosphorus regulations.

An economic study has just been completed showing that the new rules could cost anywhere from $22 million to $50 million depending on the length of time take to implement them.

But the governor said that it’s time to move forward with the solutions endorsed by scientists and experts across the state to improve the health of the bay.

It could take as long as 6 years to implement.

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8:57 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Protesters Arrested at Carper's Washington Office Over Keystonee

Senator Tom Carper (D-De)
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The U.S. Capitol Police say that four people were arrested yesterday at Senator Tom Carper’s Washington office where environmentalists were protesting his decision to support the Keystone XL pipeline in the Senate.

There were sit-ins at both the Delaware Democrat’s office and the office of another Democratic Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado.

Hayden Higgins a volunteer with the group of around 350 environmentalists told USA Today that they wanted to send a message that voting for the pipeline was a form of climate change denial.

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11:22 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Battle Over Poultry Expansion in Somerset County

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Before the Somerset County Zoning and Planning Commission yesterday was a battle over chickens.

Dozens of residents and environmental activists showed up to urge the panel to deny any new proposals for large-scale poultry operations.

Dr. Sacoby Wilson from the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health told the panel that there were serious health risks to the local water supply from chicken farms including pathogens, E. Coli and Salmonella.

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11:25 am
Fri October 31, 2014

3 Tons of Trash Picked Up by Volunteers in Delaware

Fenwick Island
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A cleanup of coastal Delaware drew more than 1,800 volunteers who collected more than 3 tons of trash.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources said Friday that the volunteers fanned out along more than 80 miles of Delaware coastline on Sept. 20, from Wilmington to Fenwick Island.

The agency says about a third of the trash was able to be recycled, including glass and aluminum cans.

Volunteers found some unusual trash, too. That included an electric saber saw, a bowling ball, a car fender, crab traps and Christmas lights.

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8:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Fracking Gets Poor Marks for Western Maryland

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland researchers say there's a high likelihood that shale gas production in far western Maryland would negatively affect air quality in the region.

The report released Monday also found a high likelihood of negative impacts on occupational health and local medical systems due to surging employment in an industry with relatively high risks for respiratory ailments and truck accidents.

The report says there's a moderately high risk that water pollution from hydraulic fracturing would have public health consequences.

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8:32 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Delaware River Shoreline Project Could Endanger Birds, Environmentalist Say

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environmental groups want the state to hold a public hearing on a plan to restore and protect Delaware River shoreline at docks near Delaware City.

Delaware Sierra Club and Delaware Audubon said in a letter to state environmental regulators that PBF Energy's plan could attract birds near an area they say is at risk for oil spills.

PBF's plan for its docks at its Delaware City refinery includes refilling shoreline and replacing nearly 1,000 5-foot high wave dampeners. Pilings would be driven to anchor oil spill containment booms.

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8:30 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Delaware Is Looking for Young Environmentalists

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Environment officials in Delaware are looking for the state's best young environmentalists.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is accepting nominations for the state's Young Environmentalist of the Year Awards. The department is accepting applications until June 20.

The state's young environmentalist programs honors students whose actions have resulted in the protection, restoration or enhancement of the state's natural resources. The department will choose an elementary school, middle school and high school winner.

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9:05 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Anthony Brown Gets Endorsement from Key Environmental Group

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (right) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (left)
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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor.

The environmental group announced the endorsement Wednesday in Baltimore.

Karla Raettig, the executive director of the organization, says the group is confident Brown will build on the environmental record of Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The group also noted Brown's running mate, Ken Ulman, for environmental initiatives he supported as county executive of Howard County.

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Local News
8:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate David Craig on Local Issues

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.

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7:57 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Delaware Environmental Secretary Is Moving On

Delaware Environmental Secretary Collin O'Mara
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary, Collin O'Mara, is resigning to become director of the National Wildlife Federation.

Officials with Gov. Jack Markell's administration confirmed Thursday that O'Mara will leave the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in July to lead the Reston, Virginia-based group.

The 35-year-old O'Mara was tapped by Markell to lead Delaware's environmental agency in 2009, making him the youngest state cabinet official in the nation at the time.

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7:57 am
Wed April 23, 2014

More Court Briefs Backing EPA Bay Restoration Plan

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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.

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.

This month, Virginia's attorney general filed an amicus brief in support of the plan.

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1:20 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Pits Agriculture Against the VA State Attorney General

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D)
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HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia is defending the federal and state plan to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

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.

Farm industry groups are appealing a federal judge's decision last September to uphold the federal pollution limits.

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9:53 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Four Seasons Development Delayed

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works has postponed a decision on whether to grant permits for a Kent Island housing development in an environmentally sensitive area near the Chesapeake Bay.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he believes the board needs greater assurance that a proposed 131-acre park in the proposal will not be developed in the future.

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8:53 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Hearing on Four Seasons Development on Kent Island

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up a tidal wetlands license application for a Kent Island housing development.

The board is set to consider the proposal at its Wednesday meeting.

It's the second time the matter has come before the board, which previously rejected the proposal due to environmental concerns.

The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded the board based its decision on factors outside the scope of its authority and sent the matter back to the board.

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11:54 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Audit: Step Up Enforcement of Maryland Pollution Laws

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his annual environmental audit has found the need for enhanced enforcement of pollution laws.

Gansler says pollution related to urban and residential growth is also a concern and the audit highlighted the benefits of increasing public awareness of environmental issues.

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9:27 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Delaware to Study Wetlands in Private Property

Great Blew Heron, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are contacting property owners for permission to study wetlands on their property.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be continuing a wetlands study this summer in the Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds. The study is designed to confirm maps of the wetlands and determine their health.

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8:34 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Delaware and Maryland Schools Get Delmarva Power Grants

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Sixteen schools in Maryland and Delaware will receive energy related mini-grants.

A total of $10-thousand in grants was awarded to teachers during a ceremony last night in recognition of proposed projects that involve energy and the environment.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports a total of 22 grants will be handed out with the winners receiving up to $500.

John Allen, Delmarva Power regional vice president, praised the teachers for providing new academic challenges for their students.

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11:13 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Essay: Birds Ponder the Automobile

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The Holiday season is when one often sees Delmarva's bird population migrate to the south.

But, Delmarva Public Radio essayist George Merrill wonders, what they must think of all those cars they pass by below.

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