During a mandatory public hearing Thursday night that drew little community interest, Aberdeen Proving Ground officials explained their proposal not to do any remedial action in an area where 17 small radioactive devices were found between 2009 and 2011.
For 36 years, students in Carroll County Public Schools have taken turns living at Hashawha for a week, learning lessons of environmental science and taking part in a middle school program that its director describes as "a cultural tradition" in Carroll.
The Army will hold a public information meeting in Edgewood next week to go over its findings in connection with a former salvage site on Aberdeen Proving Ground where a small amount of radioactive material was found beginning in 2009.
Baltimore water officials have been dogged in the last year by a series of extremely public problems. But behind the scenes, they have also been making progress on the city's aged and long-deteriorating water system.
Lawmakers and representatives of Maryland's county and municipal governments sparred Tuesday over a pair of bills in Annapolis that would raise the fines for sewage spills which annually dump millions of gallons of untreated waste into local waters and the Chesapeake Bay.
A consortium of Northeastern states including Maryland has agreed to reset a power plant emissions cap to current levels and to tighten it annually starting in 2015, an action officials said would increase investment in energy efficiency and slightly raise electricity prices, besides cutting pollution.
Though a federal judge recently cleared poultry producer Perdue and one of its Eastern Shore growers of allegations that they fouled a Chesapeake Bay tributary, environmentalists say they believe their failed lawsuit still succeeded in spotlighting flaws in Maryland's enforcement of farm pollution laws and regulations.
The Chesapeake Bay is showing increased resilience in the face of natural and man-made abuses, though it's still seriously impaired, according to the latest official report on the regional restoration effort.
A trio of environmental groups warned Monday they would sue the operator of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland for allegedly discharging excessive amounts of nutrient pollution into Chesapeake Bay rivers and trying to mask their violations by transferring pollution "credits" among facilities.
Departing Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says one of the "prouder moments" of her tenure was President Obama's agreement to have the federal government take the lead in trying to ramp up the lagging Chesapeake Bay restoration effort. She says the estuary is improving, though challenges remain.
The operator of three coal-fired power plants in Maryland has agreed to pay a total of $2.2 million in penalties and fix long-standing pollution problems at the landfills in Southern Maryland and Montgomery County where it disposes of the ash from those plants, according to court documents.
An advisory commission studying whether shale gas extraction should proceed in Maryland called Monday for new legislation to deal with potential abuses in leasing and drilling for the fuel, but environmentalists said so many questions remain about the safety of the drilling method known as "fracking" that they want lawmakers to impose a moratorium until the issue's been fully analyzed.
The harsh reality is that the Chesapeake Bay needs all the help it can get, whether it is protection from a single failed septic system or the unfettered runoff from a high density hog rearing operation.
Wood, humanity's earliest fuel for keeping warm, is being touted these days as the latest thing in renewable energy, a greener, often cheaper way to heat a home or building than burning oil or propane or consuming coal-fired electricity.
Environmental activists met at the University of Baltimore Saturday to organize a push for a legislative ban on the natural gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — casting the issue as a fight pitting the little guys versus the lobbyists.
Report by the Environmental Integrity Project finds significant gaps persist in Maryland and the other bay watershed states in enforcement of municipal and industrial water pollution, including lax permitting and infrequent inspections. The group warns the states' shortcomings in oversight of such discharges undermine the progress being made in restoring the Chesapeake.
Some Dundalk area residents are concerned about the Maryland Port Administration's designs on Sparrows Point, fearing the state's long-range plan to convert a corner of the old steel-making complex into a supercargo shipping terminal could literally dredge up the point's toxic legacy in the Patapsco River. An "emergency" community meeting has been called for Thursday, Dec. 6 in Edgemere.
Lawyers squared off one last time Friday in a packed Baltimore courtroom to wrap up the long-running trial of a bitterly contested pollution lawsuit with ramifications for water cleanup efforts and the poultry industry in Maryland and nationwide.
The Tiber Hudson branch of the Patapsco River will be the subject of a consultant's study beginning in December as a local preservation group pursues ways to improve the waterway that ultimately feeds into the Chesapeake Bay.
The conservation group 1000 Friends of Maryland is warning that more than a third of the state's counties are skirting a new state law requiring them to rein in development on septic systems in rural lands.