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9:17 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Get Low Emission Engines

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are celebrating a federal grant aimed at helping Delaware reduce air emissions from diesel engines.

Gov. Jack Markell will join all three members of Delaware's congressional delegation in Lewes on Monday to announce the $975,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Officials say the Delaware River and Bay Authority will use the money to upgrade the Cape May-Lewes Ferry with low-emission marine propulsion engines in order to reduce toxic air emissions.

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8:17 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Rallying for Clean Energy in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several groups are set to rally at the State Capitol in Richmond in support of federal proposals for clean power.

The Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club says faith-based, public health, student and environmental groups are gathering on Wednesday.

The environmental organization says the groups are demanding action to dramatically scale up clean energy in Virginia.

The rally is scheduled to take place on the heels of a joint meeting of the Virginia House and Senate Commerce and Labor Committees on the Clean Power Plan.

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11:22 am
Tue September 23, 2014

$9 Million in Grants for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials are heading to Ashland to announce nearly $9 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.

The funding being announced Tuesday for Virginia, West Virginia and other states within the bay's estuary are intended to reduce polluted nutrient and sediment runoff into the bay. The District of Columbia is also within the bay's watershed.

The grants will be announced by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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9:03 am
Mon August 11, 2014

EPA Gets Involved in Search for Cause of New Castle Water Pollution

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The Environmental Protection Agency has joined the hunt for the source of toxic contamination that has forced the shutdowns of two New Castle area public water supplies.

Efforts are now targeting the area around New Castle Airport.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state officials say aircraft fire-fighting foams that were used for training at the Delaware Air National Guard complex could be the source of the pollution.

But, so far, they added, the connection with the pollution is still unconfirmed.

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11:53 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Are We Being Overly Optimistic About Clean Up Effort for the Bay?

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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.

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8:56 am
Fri June 27, 2014

EPA Says Delaware Is Not Meeting Bay Cleanup Goals

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The Environmental Protection Agency says that Delaware failed to meet its own targets for reducing pollution from nitrogen, phosphorous and sediment through last year.

That stands in contrast to Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia which reached all three goals.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued its own report earlier this month that came to the same conclusion.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that nonetheless every jurisdiction fell short in carrying out some of the regulations and monitoring efforts.

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9:37 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Delaware Officials: EPA Emission Efforts Mirror First State

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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.

The proposed rules released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency call for cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent over the next 15 years.

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.

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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

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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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8:11 am
Tue March 18, 2014

EPA Says It Is Not Endorsing Gas-Fired Plant in Newark

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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.

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.

And Representative John Kowalko (D-Newark) told the Wilmington News Journal that the letter should not be used as an endorsement.

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10:47 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Not Joining Lawsuit Against EPA, The Clean Chesapeake Coalition Says

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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.

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.

Council member Bob Culver made those remarks when the council voted to spend $25-thousand to join the Coalition.

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10:17 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Wicomico Joins Effort to Modify EPA Chesapeake Cleanup Plan

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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.

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.

The standards for the plans would limit the amount of nutrients and sediment that runs into the Chesapeake Bay.

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11:53 am
Fri January 17, 2014

EPA Maps Sediment Contamination from Metachem Plant

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The Environmental Protection Agency is mapping out the sediment from the old Standard Chlorine/Metachem plant near Delaware City.

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.

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12:47 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Farm Groups Pledge to Appeal EPA Ruling

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Farm groups are appealing a judge's decision to uphold U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution limits that are designed to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Corn Growers Association said Tuesday that they are appealing the Sept. 13 decision.

Farm Bureau president Bob Stallman calls it a "wrongly decided case that has dangerous implications for farmers and many others." The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has called the ruling "a great day for clean water in the region."

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9:01 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Delaware Wants Easing of Environmental Rules From EPA

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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.

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.

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9:23 am
Thu June 6, 2013

New Federal Deal With CBF to Scrutinize Farm Pollution

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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.

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.

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12:05 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware-led study has found that decades-old federal standards overestimate current poultry industry contributions to water pollution.

The News Journal of Wilmington 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.

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9:31 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Berlin Utility Plant Retrofit

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Work is underway in Berlin to ensure that the town’s power plant will meet new environmental requirements by May.

Tim Lawrence, the town’s electric utility director, said that under federal rules these plants must cut their emissions by 70 percent.

Installation of an oxidation catalyst that captures emission through the exhaust system started this week.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that the work crews began taking the existing muffler systems off the plant’s engines.

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8:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Chesapeake Bay Restoration Improves

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There are signs of recovery in the Chesapeake Bay.

Bay grasses, crabs and rockfish are all showing resilience, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.

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.

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.

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8:27 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Decline in Air Pollution for Mid-Atlantic Region

BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says releases of toxic air pollutants were down in 2011 in the Mid-Atlantic region.


And the federal agency says cleaner power plants are part of the reason.


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. Nationwide, total toxic air releases dropped 8 percent from 2010.

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7:58 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Virginia Loses Federal Bay Restoration Funds

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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.


The Virginian-Pilot  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.

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8:37 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Federal Grant to Help Va. Farmers Save the Bay

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been awarded a $198,740 grant to work with farmers in Virginia.


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.

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8:38 am
Fri August 24, 2012

$22.7 Million Federal Grant for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Federal officials plan to announce $22.7 million in funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects.


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. The projects are located across the bay's six-state watershed, which runs from Virginia to New York and also includes West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.

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8:47 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Coastal Bays Program Gets Grant For Students on Eastern Shore

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.

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.

The award was announced Friday at a youth summit in Ocean City. 

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8:52 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Maryland Needs EPA To Curb Air Pollution From Other States

 

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is not meeting federal ozone standards and isn't likely to do so without federal policies to address pollution blowing in from other states.

That's the word from a new clean-air report issued Monday by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

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9:07 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Environmental Group Says Not Enough Being Spent by Maryland to Clean Up Bay

 

            An environmental group says there is not enough money being spent to fund Maryland’s bay restoration plan.

            The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’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.

            Otherwise, he adds, the job will not get done as promised.

            Among the measures needed is funding for upgrading sewage treatment plants…and storm water systems.

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8:56 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Mixed Bag for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Under President's Budget Plan

 

            The President’s fiscal 2013 budget unveiled this week would increase spending on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

            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.

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