We want your opinions

August 27, 2006

ISSUE:

Amid mounting criticism of a proposed Wal-Mart in Crofton, the state has agreed to hold a public hearing on the project.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is not required to hold a forum as part of its consideration of a license that would allow Wal-Mart to bury wetlands near the Little Patuxent River, but an agency spokeswoman said the MDE was trying to be responsive to the community.

Civic leaders said they want to summon enough opposition over environmental concerns at the forum to kill the proposed 143,000-square-foot store on 20 acres along Route 3. They have not been swayed by the retailer's recent offer to trim the size of the store by as much as 20 percent.

YOUR VIEW:

Should the MDE grant a license allowing Wal-Mart to bury wetlands and build a new store?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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