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August 26, 2010
An opinion piece recently published in The Baltimore Sun by a "waterkeeper" and a "riverkeeper" ("Cardin bill undermines Clean Water Act," Commentary, Aug. 25) is both shortsighted and misleading in several respects. A step back and a broader look are called for. In 1957, then-Senator John F. Kennedy won the Pulitzer Prize for "Profiles in Courage. " His book detailed notable acts of political courage by eight U.S. Senators. The first chapter, where Kennedy explores the responsibility of elected officials, is worth re-reading frequently.
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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.
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?
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By Bob Gallagher and Joanna Diamond | June 17, 2014
It's not easy telling the next governor of Maryland that he or she needs to start thinking right now about manure, but the winner of this fall's election won't have any time to waste. Toxic algal blooms and intersex fish are two examples of the threat the agriculture industry poses. We like to think of our farms as open space and natural operations that provide the food we need. But without proper pollution controls, not all 21st century farms are environmentally benign. Unfortunately, that threat is well documented in Maryland.
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...
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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.
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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.
NEWS
September 30, 2013
As highlighted in "A Victory for the Chesapeake" (Sept. 19), Pennsylvania Judge Sylvia Rambo recently issued a thoughtful ruling in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to enforce the Clean Water Act. After a challenge by the Farm Bureau and others, the federal court affirmed that the EPA has the authority to issue pollution limits based on sound science and can continue doing its job of protecting the environment. This is good news for those of us who enjoy clean water for recreational purposes, but even more importantly, this is great news for those of us who depend on our water resources for food and commodities.
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