City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 13, 2005

Broken pipe sends sewage spewing into Gwynns Falls

A sewer line that runs within the Gwynns Falls ruptured Tuesday night, spewing sewage into the waterway, officials said.

The break was found in a 12-inch cast iron pipe between the Edmondson Avenue and Baltimore Street bridges. Officials said the pipe was probably damaged by debris carried into the stream during the weekend's heavy rains and spilled about 25 gallons of sewage per minute. The steam flows into the Patapsco's Middle Branch.

Sunday night, a 27-inch pipe burst in , sending 10,000 gallons of sewage into the Jones Falls.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore: Schools

Special education official resigning

The Baltimore school system's top special education official announced this week that she is resigning. Gayle V. Amos, the system's student support services officer, had been on extended leave since August. She said yesterday that she was not forced out. In August, a federal judge authorized the state to manage the system's special education program. Amos said she took a leave because of health problems and family issues. Maryanne Ralls, Amos' replacement since August, will remain while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement, school officials said.

Sara Neufeld

Anne Arundel: Annapolis

Fuel business paying $75,000 penalty

An Annapolis fuel company has agreed to pay $75,000 to settle allegations that it violated federal regulations meant to prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. Eastern Petroleum Corp. had been cited for failing to properly conduct leak-detection monitoring for five 30,000-gallon heating oil tanks and failing to comply with corrosion protection requirements for those and five others, which held diesel fuel, kerosene and other petroleum products, the EPA said.

Maryland: Science

Medicinal plants to be focus of study

The University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and Frostburg State University have been awarded $300,000 in federal funds for scientific studies focused on raising and gathering plants native to the western part of the state that have medicinal potential, according to Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. They will use the funds to study the market for ginseng and other herbal medicines, along with gathering practices.

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