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9:51 am
Wed December 10, 2014

New Phosphorus Regs Don't Go Far Enough, Says Environmental Group

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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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12:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Dredging Conowingo Dam: Ineffective

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - State and federal agencies are holding a public meeting to discuss their conclusion that dredging the reservoir behind the Conowingo Dam wouldn't effectively reduce pollution of the lower Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay.

The meeting Tuesday night in Bel Air offers an opportunity for people to sound off on an issue that Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has highlighted.

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11:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

New Fee for Salisbury Property Owners

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Salisbury property owners are going to see a new fee.

This one that is set to take effect next year would pay for efforts to curb flooding and reduce pollution spilling into the waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

The City Council unanimously approved the storm water fee whose dollars will be dedicated to upgrading the city’s failing drainage system.

The measure survived a last ditch effort by the CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce Ernie Colburn.

He wanted the council to wait until the incoming Republican Governor Larry Hogan takes office.

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8:26 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Conowingo Dam Not Major Threat to Bay Health, Study Says

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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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Local News
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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9:34 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Pollution Management Could Cost New Castle Over $1 Million

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - City officials in New Castle say the costs for managing toxic contamination found in all three of the city's public water wells could top $1 million.

Pamela Patone, general manager of New Castle's Municipal Services Commission tells The Wilmington News Journal the city is looking at temporary and permanent treatments needed to resume use of the city's three wells. Costs could range from $350,000 to more than $1 million.

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8:44 am
Tue August 12, 2014

EPA Gives Blessing to MD's Pollution Plan

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given its approval of Maryland’s pollution budget that is aimed at cutting nitrogen and phosphorus along the state’s coastal bays and tributaries.

The pollution budget would slash nitrogen by up to 35 percent and phosphorus by 18 percent for the coastal bays.

Stiffer cuts have been imposed for a bay’s tributaries.

The Total Maximum Daily Load levels apply to bodies of water ranging from the Assawoman Bay and the Isle of Wight Bay to Chincoteague Bay and Newport Bay.

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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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1:29 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Tainted Artesian Water Company Well Near New Castle

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware's largest residential water supplier says it has shut down a well near New Castle after high levels of a toxic chemical were detected.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Tuesday that state public health regulators posted a notice in mid-June of an elevated level of perfluorooctane sulfonate in the Wilmington Manor supply well owned by Artesian Water.

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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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Local News
9:01 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Lawsuit Claims Bloom Energy Project Emits Too Much Pollution

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A lawsuit has been filed against Bloom Energy and Pepco Holdings the parent company of Delmarva Power by a man who says the 30-megawatt fuel-cell project at two substations in New Castle County emits more pollution than allowed under its state permits.

The state of Delaware requires a surcharge for renewable energy sources, resulting in Delmarva Power customers paying an extra $3.67 to $5.98 a in recent months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that on June 23rd William Whipple III filed suit noting that the units exceed the expected heat rate.

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12:27 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Mixed Results for Eastern Shore County Bay Cleanup Efforts

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The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says three Eastern Shore counties have failed to file plans with the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up the bay over the next two years.

Those were Caroline, Dorchester and Worcester Counties.

In addition, CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition noted that Dorchester had not submitted a milestone progress report.

Meanwhile, the environmental groups said that Wicomico County has secured $700-thousand in county and outside grants…to begin designing and installing clean-up measures.

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Local News
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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8:18 am
Mon June 2, 2014

State Pollution Study of Evraz Facility Set for Next Month

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The state of Delaware has decided to carry out a wide-ranging environmental evaluation at the Evraz Claymont Steel plant which has been a source of pollution problems over the years.

But Department of Natural Resources and Environmental control Secretary Collin O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that work begin  in mid-July one the 425-acres of the plant that ceased operations in December.

O’Mara told the Wilmington News Journal that this would be done to assess pollution risks and prepare for a change of ownership or usage.

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Local News
9:20 am
Thu May 29, 2014

MD Environmental Report Gives Eastern Shore Rivers Low Grades

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The latest environmental report has given the bay a grade of C for the second straight year.

The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science found that the rivers around agricultural areas lost ground last year.

The Choptank River received a C-minus while the upper shore rivers such as the Sassafras Chester and Miles got D’s.

That’s down from the previous year.

The researchers said that much of the problem involved the 50 inches of rain on Delmarva which brought fertilizer and animal waste from the fields into the rivers.

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9:51 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Hearing on Conowingo Dam Pollution Issue by MD Senator

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CONOWINGO, Md. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin is holding a hearing regarding environmental challenges involving the Conowingo Dam in northeast Maryland.

Construction of the dam in the late 1920s created a detainment area for some of the sediments and nutrients flowing down the Susquehanna River toward the Chesapeake Bay.

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1:16 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pollution Lawsuit to Go Forward Against Former Steel Plant in Delaware

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A pollution lawsuit by dozens of residents against the now-closed Evraz Claymont Steel plant will continue after all.

Superior Court Judge John Parkins said the fact that at least 82 people have allegedly been harmed supports continuation of the lawsuit.

He noted that they complain of specific injuries to them.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that for years residents around the plant said that the scrap steel recycling and plate-making operations produced damaging metallic slag dust and toxic pollutants.

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8:45 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Delaware City Refinery Emissions Caused by Power Outage

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say a power outage caused a pollution release at the PBF Energy refinery near Delaware City.

The News Journal reports that Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control say the release happened sometime Thursday morning.

Officials say the release includes sulfur dioxide, a pollutant linked to acid rain, smog and toxic soot.

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Local News
8:59 am
Wed November 20, 2013

MD Tour to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland environmental official is starting a tour around the state to talk about efforts to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert Summers is scheduled to begin the tour on Wednesday at an urban farm in Baltimore.

The tour will highlight stormwater remediation efforts of government, communities and citizens.

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9:24 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Newark Residents Raise Questions About New Data Center

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Newark residents pushed back against a proposal for a data-processing center on the site of a former Chrysler assembly plant.

Developers say the facility’s gas-fire turbines would produce minimal amount of emissions and noise than a traditional power plant.

Data Centers LLC CEO Gene Kern emphasized that this was a data center not an electricity generating operation.

For two hours around 350 local residents filled the George Wilson Community center yesterday.

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9:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

No Payment for Legal Fees in Hudson Pollution Case

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Neither the Hudson family farm nor Perdue Farms can get compensated for their legal costs in their long battle with an environmental group over allegations of polluting a nearby waterway.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that’s the ruling from a federal judge after a federal court’s decision that the family, which grows chickens for Perdue, did not cause any such pollution.

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9:19 am
Tue August 27, 2013

MD Withdraws New Phosphorous Rules for Farmers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Agriculture Department has withdrawn its request to seek emergency status on proposed regulations on fertilizer use aimed at reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution.

The department announced it was pulling back the request on Monday. That's two days before a legislative panel was scheduled to take up the proposal.

The department sought emergency status in order to get the regulations in place in time for the fall planting season. The regulations are designed to use new research to reduce the amount of phosphorous that gets into waterways.

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8:31 am
Tue July 30, 2013

State Grants for Sewage Treatment in Salisbury And Fruitland

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The Maryland Board of Public Works has authorized $1.2 million for wastewater treatment plant upgrades for the towns of Salisbury and Fruitland.

The funding is part of the 2000 Chesapeake Bay Agreement signed by five states including Maryland to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries such as the Wicomico River.

Salisbury got $1 million for designing improvements to fix an earlier upgrade that did not meet pollution control standards.

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12:09 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Crisfield Man Pleads Guilty to Polluting Bay With Abandoned Boat

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Crisfield man has been convicted of polluting state waters by abandoning a dilapidated and sinking boat in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

State prosecutors say 56-year-old Gregory Sterling pleaded guilty to the charge in Somerset County District Court and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

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12:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

New Plans for Old Linens of the Week Property

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Mayor Jim Ireton has delivered a plan to the Salisbury City Council for the future of the Linens of the Week property dividing it up into five home lots and donating them to an affordable housing developer.

The plan would change the zoning classification for the property and some surround lots to residential.

The proposal is expected to go before the Planning and zoning Commission on Thursday.

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10:02 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Delaware City Refinery Using Backup Pollution Control

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DELAWARE CITY, Del. (AP) - Officials say a Delaware City Refinery unit is using backup pollution control after a malfunction that sent a dark plume of smoke billowing from a stack at the plant.

A Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control alert says the problem at PBF Energy's refinery began early Tuesday and involves an energy-recovery and pollution-control system linked to a coker, which controls emissions.

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9:44 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hearing Tonight on Delaware City Air Quality Permit

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A big crowd is expected at the Delaware City fire hall tonight as PBF Energy seeks renewal of a catch-all air quality permit for its refinery for its refinery.

Interest in the hearing by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control has been sparked by a recent citation for release of more than 263 tons of sulfur dioxide without a permit during a 13-day period in January.

The emissions were the result of a breakdown in a major energy recovery and pollution control unit.

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9:06 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Marylanders Divided Over Farm Pollution Reprieve

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If they agree to mitigate water pollution Maryland farmers will get a 10-year reprieve from the state in implementing new water quality regulations.

The choice is the result of legislation under the Maryland Agricultural Certainty Program approved during the last session.

But farmers do have questions about how the new law may work.

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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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11:33 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Salisbury Work Crews Grapple With River Pollution

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The pollution build up in the Wicomico River has Salisbury work crews out dealing with globs of muck and trash that have come to the surface.

Mayor Jim Ireton says recent rains has resulted in flushing out the outfall pipes churning up the river.

In addition, to cleaning up the debris emerging from the water, he said, the city is working on a more long term solution like installing grates in the town streets to keep the trash from entering the river.

The Mayor said that the town has another 100 of them coming to the city.

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