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By FEDERICO CHEEVER | June 26, 2006
Grasping both the silliness and tragedy of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week about clean water in Rapanos vs. United States requires some imagination: Imagine you have nine family members and all are home for a holiday. The old washing machine springs a leak. Four family members try to find the leak and patch it up. Four other family members stand around and complain that it wasn't a good washing machine when you bought it in 1972 and that it wasn't fixed properly in 1977. The ninth member of the family can't make up his mind whether he is going to whine or help.
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NEWS
July 19, 2011
The recent headline about Andy Harris and the Clean Water Act quickly caught my eye ("No defender of the bay," July 18). It has been quite clear since Mr. Harris first entered politics the liberal gang at The Sun has set out to destroy him. Strangely, when you arrive at the gates to heaven, "the ends justified the means," isn't likely to impress St. Peter. At no point do you say it, but may I infer you imply that unlike the federal government, the state governments have no interest in clean water?
NEWS
July 12, 2014
I am writing in response to Chris Wood's commentary about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay ("Trout, the bay - and your drinking water - at risk in the Senate," June 18). As a girl raised for more than 13 years in Maryland, I grew up boating, crabbing and swimming in the bay and the Severn River, and I am deeply saddened to see how the bay's health has declined since then. The Chesapeake Bay produces 500 million pounds of seafood a year. I have experienced this firsthand when I caught blue crabs for our family dinner many nights.
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By Bob Stallman | January 20, 2011
The American Farm Bureau recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenging the agency's "pollution diet" for this 64,000-square-mile watershed. The response of some critics, including this publication's editorial board, might lead readers to believe that the Farm Bureau is opposing the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite the rhetoric of critics, the Farm Bureau's lawsuit is not about whether to clean up the bay. Farmers remain committed to working to achieve clean water for the Chesapeake.
NEWS
November 4, 2013
With the 2014 general election almost exactly one year away, at least five of Maryland's gubernatorial candidates are scheduled to debate environmental issues for the first time tomorrow in Annapolis. No doubt questions will range from smart growth to climate change to the future of the Chesapeake Bay, but surely no topic is likely to prove more contentious than what Maryland should do about polluted run-off from city and suburban streets. Voters would be wise to pay attention to what the candidates have to say on the subject as it may prove the best way to sort those who claim to care about clean water from those who are willing to do something about it. The political grandstanding over the state's "rain tax" has been one of the more disheartening developments to hit the local environmental movement in recent years.
NEWS
September 13, 2009
More than a quarter-century ago, the governors of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, along with the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, agreed to a partnership to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Since then, the federal role in that partnership has been helpful but all too limited, with states left to do much of the heavy regulatory lifting on their own. That looks to be changing, and none too soon, given the Chesapeake Bay's compromised...
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2003
Environmental activists gathered on Federal Hill yesterday to celebrate Earth Day by accusing the Bush administration of weakening some of the most important environmental legislation enacted in the past 30 years. "The Bush administration should be listening to the public and not to the polluters," said Gigi Kellett, a spokeswoman for Maryland Public Interest Research Group, at a Baltimore news conference coordinated with similar gatherings around the country. Kellett and other environmental leaders said federal agencies under President Bush have quietly crafted regulations that effectively roll back key provisions of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and federal Superfund legislation, which was enacted to clean up toxic waste sites.
NEWS
March 17, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's effort to put Chesapeake Bay states on a "pollution diet" represents the most hopeful effort toward cleaning up the estuary in a generation. So why are House Republicans so invested in sabotaging it? That the GOP would like to thwart the EPA on any number of fronts is clear enough. The House attempted to block funding of the EPA's Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) restrictions on nutrients and sediment earlier this year, and only opposition from the Senate has prevented a general evisceration of the agency's budget.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 5, 2000
The state and county are collecting samples from Piney Run Reservoir, a potential water source for South Carroll, to determine levels of phosphorus and sediment and possibly pinpoint their source. While certain amounts of such nutrients are acceptable, excessive levels can spawn thick algae blooms that affect water quality and create problems in water treatment. "Elevated levels of certain elements are not acceptable," said county hydrogeologist Tom Devilbiss in a meeting with the county commissioners yesterday.
NEWS
April 15, 2011
In an article about natural gas drilling ("Md. environment chief wants more U.S. oversight of fracking," April 13), The Sun's John Fritze reports that to "extract natural gas through fracking, companies use millions of gallons of liquids," but that explanation is inadequate. Anyone interested in information about fracking for gas extraction should watch the HBO documentary, "Gasland," or drive up to Bradford County, Penn. and see the devastating results of this process. Toxic chemicals are pumped into the ground with water and sand to force the gas up. Sixty-five of the chemicals used are considered dangerous to human health.
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