Stronger Air Quality, Storm-water Management Measures Pass

April 19, 2009|By Tyeesha Dixon

The General Assembly passed three environmental protection measures in its recently concluded session that affect fly ash, air quality and storm-water management, according to the county.

The legislation strengthens existing regulations requiring air quality monitoring for coal fly ash and extends the statute of limitations for storm-water management plans to three years, providing consistent enforcement of environmental laws. The legislation also requires the state to include county reimbursement claims for environmental health monitoring and testing, in cases where the state collects fines.

"These three bills advance our efforts toward improving the health and well-being of our community," County Executive John R. Leopold said in a statement.

"They deal with practical issues in need of solutions and will increase our ability to protect the environment."

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