Environmental problems in southern metro area targeted

August 01, 1996|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF

Residents and entrepreneurs from South Baltimore and northern Anne Arundel County met in Curtis Bay last night to discuss environmental problems that might be addressed by a year-old community-business partnership.

The Community Partnership for Environmental Protection is part of an effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to improve the environment in the heavily industrialized neighborhoods in the southern Baltimore metropolitan area. "We want to be seen as a facilitator, not an actor here," said Bill Sanders, director of the EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics in Washington.

Asked to suggest environmental problems in the area that should be resolved, an audience of about 160 citizens, business owners and government officials mentioned air pollution, solid waste disposal, playgrounds that ooze oil, potholes, rat infestation and teen-agers drinking in Fort Armistead Park.

Chemical and manufacturing companies, who have an improving relationship with community activists, have taken a wait-and-see attitude toward partnership. When organizers asked business executives for suggestions, representatives from oil and chemical companies were silent.

Pub Date: 8/01/96

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