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Department of Environment hearing on CSX coal facility in Curtis Bay

[caption id="attachment_16775" align="alignleft" width="225"]Photo by Noah Scialom Photo by Noah Scialom[/caption] If you've ever been in the Curtis Bay area of Baltimore, you've seen the giant pile of coal at the CSX Marine cargo handling facility at Curtis Bay Piers looming at the edge of the water at 1910 Benhill Avenue.  The Maryland Department of the Environment is holding a hearing tonight to receive public comment on the renewal of the industrial water discharge permit. According to Jay Apperson, of the Department of the Environment, the permit largely concerns "storm water discharge to Curtis Bay and Stone House Cove." Apperson told City Paper that, while runoff water is often used to dampen the coal pile to keep particles from blowing, some inevitably escapes into the water. Tonight's hearing is to allow the public a chance to comment on the permit and several groups, including the Sierra Club, are using it as an opportunity to organize around environmental safety--especially in light of last week's CSX train derailment in Rosedale (pictured). "The Terminal is now importing and exporting more coal than ever before and the permits haven't kept with it," Lauren Randall, with the Sierra Club, said. "It does not set limits on the toxic chemicals that leak." The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Brooklyn Park Library, 1 East 11th Ave. The period for public comment is open until July 5. For Further information, see the sections from the Maryland Department of the Environment report and fact-sheet  pasted below.

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