Plans for redeveloping a former chromium factory site in Fells Point hit a new snag Friday, as federal and state regulators called for changes in the Harbor Point developer's plans for protecting the public from toxic contaminants in the ground during construction of an office building there for Exelon Corp.
A federal judge has denied - for now, at least -the environmental group Blue Water Baltimore's bid to intervene in the city's effort to delay its court-decreed deadline for fixing the sewage leaks that routinely foul local streams and Baltimore's harbor.
The Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort got a $9.2 million injection of funds Wednesday, as the Environmental Protection Agency and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced grants to 40 projects to reduce storm-water and farm pollution, rebuild oyster reefs and restore trout streams and other habitats across the six-state watershed.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $30,000 to help educate Baltimore families about the risks to young children of lead poisoning, which despite progress made in reducing exposure over the years still affects nearly 3,000 youngsters across Maryland.
A new analysis of the nation's farm animal industry finds almost no reforms have been made in the five years since a broad-based commission called for sweeping changes to address concerns about food safety, animal welfare and the environmental impacts of modern poultry and livestock production.
As the late budget agreement cleared the way for federal workers across Maryland to go back to work and government offices to reopen Thursday, attention in Washington shifted to the next fiscal deadline: Jan. 15, when funding is set to run out again.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig describes himself as a moderate by temperament but he is staking out positions on critical issues that seem certain to appeal to the Republican party's hard-core conservative base as he seeks the 2014 gubernatorial nomination.
Even as some Fells Point residents worry that building over toxic soil at Harbor Point could endanger their health, records show elevated levels of cancer-causing chromium in groundwater just beyond the site targeted for an upscale development.
Richard Clark, an administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration, has been declared an "essential" federal worker. That means Clark can preside over previously scheduled disability benefits hearings — but he won't be able to deliver decisions because the support staff has been furloughed. Throughout the federal bureaucracy, some workers are puzzled over who's still working and who was sent home.
Del. Maggie McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, expects a "very strong push" to repeal Maryland's storm-water fee law when lawmakers return to Annapolis in January, but vows to fight any rollback.
Maryland's Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin joined environmentalists in praising the Obama administration's announcement Friday that it is moving to curb carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.
Just as there's good reason to be skeptical about the Maryland Stormwater Remediation Fee, often referred to as the "rain tax," there's reason to be skeptical about Harford County Executive David R. Craig's vow to introduce legislation to repeal the county's version of the tax.
Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a leading Republican candidate for governor, called Tuesday for a sweeping rollback of Maryland's environmental laws, saying measures passed by the state's leaders have failed to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.
Harford County Executive and gubernatorial hopeful David Craig said he wants to repeal the state's storm water remediation fee, known as the "rain tax," and challenged state officials to prove that the mandate actually makes sense.
A federal judge on Friday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's right to impose a pollution "diet" for the Chesapeake Bay, rejecting a legal challenge to the restoration effort from farmers' and builders' groups.
Plans for developing a former Baltimore chemical plant now known as Harbor Point will be aired Wednesday as the developer and government regulators explain safeguards planned to prevent release of contaminated soil and ground water beneath the site.
Federal regulators have reached a tentative deal with Carnival Corp. on a plan to reduce air pollution from nearly a third of its cruise ships, but the accord comes too late to reverse at least a temporary loss of lucrative cruise business for Baltimore.
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and the head of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation sparred Tuesday at a congressional field hearing over the stormwater fees forced this year on homeowners and businesses in Maryland's most populous localities.
BGE customers are collectively saving nearly 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of electricity a year through energy-efficiency incentive programs. It's enough energy to power 156,000 homes for a year, or the equivalent of a year's worth of greenhouse gas emissions from 230,000 cars.