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MD: "Easing of Storm-Water Pollution Rules Approved"

"An O'Malley administration proposal to ease Maryland's stringent new storm-water pollution rules won legislative approval [Monday] night, capping a fierce debate over whether the Chesapeake Bay would suffer from giving developers more time and leeway in having to clamp down on rainfall washing off their building projects."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 04/07/2010

Maryland Sues Mirant Over Water Pollution from Coal-Ash Landfill

"Alleging that a Brandywine landfill is discharging toxic pollutants into local waterways, the Maryland Department of the Environment filed suit against the site's operator Friday in federal court. ... The landfill stores the waste byproducts of coal combustion from Mirant's Chalk Point Generating Plant in Aquasco."

Source: Gaithersburg Gazette, 04/06/2010
April 16, 2010

Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Conference

Co-sponsored by the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School, this conference will highlight five articles that address various aspects of the hottest topics in the current policy debate: climate change, translocal government organizations, nuclear waste, and endangered species.

"Md. Legislature Scrutinizing Law Clinic Over Chicken Farm Suit"

"In Maryland, messing with Big Chicken can bring big trouble. The latest case study is playing out in Annapolis, where the state Senate wants to impose greater scrutiny on the University of Maryland's environmental law clinic. The reason? Apparently, it's the law clinic's pro bono work for an environmental group that is suing an Eastern Shore chicken farmer and the poultry giant Perdue Farms."

Source: Wash Post, 03/29/2010

"No Easy Solution for Septic Problems on Maryland's Eastern Shore"

"Facing foreclosure, Gail Litz, 61, has sued the town of Goldsboro, Caroline County and the state, seeking millions of dollars in compensation and to halt the seeping sewage that is fouling her lake and forced her to close Lake Bonnie Campsites." The Maryland Department of the Environment ordered the town to build a public sewer system or pay fines of $100 per day if it didn't meet the deadlines. "Fourteen years later, the pollution continues unchecked. No fines have been collected. The lake remains contaminated."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 03/15/2010

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