Environmental Integrity Project

Don Rush

A new report found that the sewage treatment plant for Salisbury has racked up over $333-thousand in fines since 2012.

The new $80 million plant went on line seven years ago and a second renovation attempt is now in the works costing $64 million to shore up the facility’s pollution problem

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that The Environmental Integrity Project found that the plant has discharged more than 200 tons of nitrogen into the Wicomico River last year.

Renovations are expected to be completed in 2018.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - An environmental group is releasing a report on pollution at sewage and wastewater treatment plants in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The Environmental Integrity Project report released recently criticizes delays in upgrading treatment plants, such as the Patapsco River Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Baltimore area.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Environmental groups are calling for tighter laws to prevent stormwater runoff pollution at Maryland industrial sites.

The Center for Progressive Reform and the Environmental Integrity Project on Thursday cited state records showing more than a third of the industrial facilities required to report results of runoff pollution testing to the state are discharging toxic materials beyond acceptable levels.

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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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The battle over reports on the new Maryland phosphorus regulations is not over.

The Environmental Integrity Project says they do not go far enough.

The group studied 62 Eastern Shore chicken farms that used poultry manure on their crops from Caroline,  Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.

And it says the study found that farmers had spread three times more phosphorus in chicken manure on their fields than their crops needed in 2012.

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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.


BALTIMORE (AP) - The amount of greenhouse gases that can be released under a multi-state pollution reduction agreement is being lowered.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative announced Thursday that the changes will cut carbon dioxide emissions 45 percent below 2005 levels and preserve reductions already achieved. Maryland officials say the program is a cornerstone of its plan to cut greenhouse gases by a quarter by 2020.