Timothy B. Wheeler

Writer

Tim Wheeler reports on the environment and Chesapeake Bay. He's a former president of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and has won numerous awards for his coverage. In more than 25 years at the Sun, he's also covered growth and development, state and local government and higher education. Before joining the Sun, he worked for a regional news service in Washingon, D.C., and newspapers in Norfolk and Richmond, Va.

Recent Articles

  • Nuclear plants gear up with FLEX to prevent disaster

    Nuclear plants gear up with FLEX to prevent disaster

    Sitting on a hill about a half-mile from the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant is a hulking concrete and steel bunker. It is jammed full of new trucks, trailers, portable generators, pumps, hoses, electrical cables and a raft of other emergency equipment. The plant's owners and workers hope they...

  • Baltimore smog meets federal limit, but people still at risk from pollution

    Baltimore smog meets federal limit, but people still at risk from pollution

    First the good news: Baltimore isn't so smoggy anymore. The region's air pollution, once second-worst in the nation, has cleared up so much that levels of breath-robbing ozone in spring and summer no longer exceed the limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists and health experts...

  • Baltimore harbor, watershed improving, but still get an 'F' for health

    Baltimore harbor, watershed improving, but still get an 'F' for health

    Baltimore's harbor and the rivers and streams that feed into it are still badly polluted by sewage leaks, stormwater runoff and trash. But area waters showed some signs of improving ecological health last year, cleanup advocates reported Thursday. The third annual "Healthy Harbor Report Card" gives...

  • 'Veep' may be on the move. Maryland-based HBO series gets tax credits to film in California

    'Veep' may be on the move. Maryland-based HBO series gets tax credits to film in California

    The political comedy series "Veep," which has been filmed the past four years in Columbia and elsewhere in Maryland, might be on the verge of pulling up stakes after landing $6.5 million in tax credits from California to shoot there. An HBO spokeswoman said executives for the series, which stars...

  • Tree-killing insects spotted in Baltimore County

    Tree-killing insects spotted in Baltimore County

    It was really only a matter of when, not if.  Emerald ash borers, the tree-killing pests from Asia that have swarmed across most of Maryland, have now been spotted in Baltimore County, one of the last places in the metropolitan area where they hadn't been found so far. Todd Armstrong, a private...

  • LNG project opponents seek emergency halt to construction

    LNG project opponents seek emergency halt to construction

    Opponents of a liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County are asking a federal court to halt construction until it can hear their appeal of the project's approval. In a motion filed Monday with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, lawyers for three environmental groups...

  • Region begins fight against beetle targeting its many ash trees

    Region begins fight against beetle targeting its many ash trees

    With the arrival of an invasive green Asian beetle in Baltimore, local governments and property owners are confronting tough — and potentially costly — choices about whether to try to save ash trees at risk of infestation or cut them down. The culprit is the emerald ash borer, which could attack...

  • Turnover at DNR, as four top officials depart

    Turnover at DNR, as four top officials depart

    Four veteran top officials in Maryland's Department of Natural Resources have been let go, marking the first major shakeup since Gov. Larry Hogan took office of the agency that manages the state's parks and protects its fish, wildlife and ecologically sensitive lands. Deputy natural resources secretary...

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