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.

Atlanta-based regional power company Mirant Mid-Atlantic LLC, which has offices in Washington, D.C., and Landover, is accused of failing to prevent the discharge of pollutants from its Brandywine Coal Combustion Waste Landfill. The landfill stores the waste byproducts of coal combustion from Mirant's Chalk Point Generating Plant in Aquasco.

MDE filed suit against Mirant for violations of the federal Clean Water Act in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Mirant has 30 days to respond to the suit, at which time the court will set a trial date."

Zoe Tillman reports for the Gaithersburg Gazette April 5, 2010.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010