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Baltimore, Sept. 10th – Monday night, the Baltimore City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) proposal to clarify protection of streams and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Clean Water Action applauds the Council and thanks Councilman James Kraft for introducing the resolution (view the resolution here) and his continued leadership on environmental issues.
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.
Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a regulation that increases the state’s production of energy from clean renewable sources, and reduces reliance on polluting fuels. The Governor and some Maryland legislators want so-called Waste-To-Energy (WTE) incinerators to be considered a "Tier One" source of renewable energy in the state’s RPS, which would give a polluting industry tens of thousands of state tax dollars in energy credits.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.