Maryland Department of the Environment

Don Rush

Some 40 water systems across Delmarva have high levels of lead.

While the systems that serve 50-thousand people or more treat their water the risk is for the smaller systems.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the largest system affected is Tidewater Utilities which provides water to some 26-thousand people in Bethany Bay and Ocean View.

After Tidewater began treating its water the lead concentration quickly dropped to below the federal standard.

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Maryland officials told Wicomico County residents that when it came to pollution from the planned mega chicken house operation along Naylor Mill Road there would be zero tolerance.

There were around 400 people who showed up at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center for last night’s meeting put together by County Executive Bob Culver.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the signs at the meeting – one read: “Save our water for our future.”

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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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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has issued a statement to reassure local residents about the large poultry operation planned for the Naylor Mill Road area.

Culver said that many of the statements at public meetings and in the media have been “less than accurate”.

But he added that he did have concerns about the issue and would reach out to experts who are charged with the responsibility of protecting public health and the environment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials have approved more than $1.2 million for efforts to improve water quality and conserve energy.

The Board of Public Works approved the funds Wednesday for projects that include upgrading septic systems and a sewage treatment plant and stabilizing a stream.

The panel approved $750,000 in Bay Restoration Fund grants to upgrade septic systems in 18 counties. The Maryland Department of the Environment says the upgrades, which will be focused within the critical area, can halve the amount of nitrogen the systems deliver into groundwater.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven people were arrested during a protest of a trash-burning power plant in south Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun reports Tuesday's demonstration at the Maryland Department of the Environment headquarters was led by the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club and United Workers. The groups oppose the construction of the Fairfield Renewable Energy Power Plant.

Police didn't release the identities of those arrested or their charges.

A new report says that the Conowingo Dam is not a major threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

The $1.4 million multiagency study looked at the movement of sediment and materials such as phosphorus that damages the bay.

The agencies involved ranged from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Survey to state agencies like the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources.

The full report is to be released later today.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - State and local officials in Maryland are gathering to discuss an initiative to help Eastern Shore municipalities reduce energy consumption.

The ShorePower Project is scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.

Robert Summers, the secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, is scheduled to attend. Abigail Hopper, the director of the Maryland Emergency Administration, also is scheduled to attend the event.

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is taking Frederick County to task for setting a token fee of 1 cent per residential or business property to help fight storm-water pollution.

The Frederick News-Post reported Monday that Summers told the county in a letter the fee isn't enough to cover cleanup efforts required by a state-enforced permit.

The fee would raise $487 annually. A draft of the county's next storm-water permit lists expenditures averaging $22 million annually over for the next five years.


The Maryland Department of the Environment Wicomico County residents at a meeting last night that some groundwater has probably been contaminated with an industrial solvent for several years.

At Parkside High School they said they did not know where who contaminated the Morris Mill and Colbourne Woods subdivision or sections of Anthony Lane with trichloroethene.

Art O’Connell with the Maryland Department of the Environment said that the contamination appeared to be concentrated within a group of houses.