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Tim Wheeler | April 23, 2012
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other environmental groups have urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the federal government's plan for reducing pollution fouling the estuary. The lawsuit filed in 2011 by the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau contends that the Environmental Protection Agency did not have the authority to issue the pollution limits, that the public was not granted sufficient opportunity to review and comment, and that the limits are based upon flawed computer modeling and input data.  Other agricultural and building industry groups later joined the suit.
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Tim Wheeler | July 14, 2014
Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade Those are the conclusions of a pair of reports released Monday by the Environmental Integrity Project. State monitoring data showed no reduction in phosphorus levels in eight waterways on the Shore from 2003 to 2013, while concentrations actually worsened in three rivers: the Nanticoke, the Sassafras, and the Transquaking.
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May 18, 2011
Having spent a substantial portion of my career in the solid waste management field, I have followed with interest the debate regarding waste-to-energy facilities as renewable energy sources. I find it disconcerting that some environmental groups continue trying to aggressively discredit WTE incineration as a viable option. I am not a fan of solid waste management strategies based on a goal of "zero waste" generation. Such strategies sound good but are unrealistic. Effective waste management strategies need to be comprehensive, incorporating components for reuse, recycling, reduction, processing and disposal.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into larger bodies of water, including the Chesapeake Bay. The Obama administration proposed regulations in March that would allow the EPA to enforce Clean Water Act provisions on nearly two million miles...
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Environmental advocates say a spending bill set for review in the Senate Appropriations Committee could reopen a fight over whether the Environmental Protection Agency may regulate pollution entering small headwater streams that feed into larger bodies of water, including the Chesapeake Bay. The Obama administration proposed regulations in March that would allow the EPA to enforce Clean Water Act provisions on nearly two million miles...
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Tim Wheeler | October 3, 2012
Two Washington-based environmental groups filed suit Wednesday to block pollution trading in the Chesapeake Bay, contending the market-based cleanup program violates the federal Clean Water Act and will undermine rather than help efforts to restore the ailing estuary. Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth contend in the joint filing that the Environmental Protection Agency acted unlawfully in authorizing Maryland and other bay watershed states to set up programs for buying and selling nutrient "credits" as part of the "pollution diet" that the federal agency has imposed for restoring the Chesapeake's water quality.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 7, 2009
Environmental groups plan to ask the federal government to crack down on state environmental regulators, accusing them of going easy on water pollution discharged from businesses, sewage plants, farms and developments. The state's Waterkeepers - a network of environmental watchdogs - are expected to file a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency charging the state Department of the Environment with "systemic failure" to carry out its legal responsibility to ride herd on water pollution piped into Maryland's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. They say they've been driven to take such an unusual legal step out of frustration with the way the state is handling its duties to safeguard water quality.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,tim.wheeler@baltsun.com | May 21, 2009
More than 60 environmental groups from the six states whose rivers drain into the Chesapeake Bay have formed a coalition to press for stronger federal government efforts to clean up their local waterways, it was announced yesterday. "Clean, healthy water is vital to the health of every one of the nearly 17 million people that live in this region," Jan Jarrett, executive director of Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, said in a statement announcing the formation of the Choose Clean Water Campaign.
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By HEARST NEWS SERVICE | October 12, 1997
WASHINGTON -- For environmental groups, success in the 1990s means giving up the fight to save the world and instead battling for what Americans really care about: things in their own backyard."
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By John W. Frece and John W. Frece,Sun Staff Writer | September 23, 1994
Maryland environmental groups declared yesterday that Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey would be a disaster on environmental issues if she is elected governor.Representatives of the Maryland League of Conservation Voters and several other groups called a State House news conference to say the Baltimore County delegate's record on environmental legislation is among the worst in the General Assembly."In her 16 years in the General Assembly, Ellen Sauerbrey has voted consistently against the environment," said John Kabler of Clean Water Action.
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Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters released its first statewide endorsement of the 2014 election season Friday, putting their support behind state Sen. Brian Frosh's bid for attorney general. The environmental group's endorsement is prized among Democrats and carries weight on an issue most primary voters consider a mainstream value. In endorsing Frosh, the group called him a "long-time environmental champion" and noted he received its top marks for legislation he supported during his more than two-decade career in public office.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
A lawsuit challenging the use of pollution "trading" to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was thrown out Friday, removing another legal hurdle to a federally imposed plan to restore the ailing estuary's water quality. Judge Rudolph Contreras in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by two environmental groups. The groups, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth, had sued the EPA in October 2012, contending that a market-based cleanup program that is part of the agency's "pollution diet" for the bay violates the federal Clean Water Act and would undermine - rather than help - efforts to restore the Chesapeake.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
An environmental advocacy group filed legal action against the city of Baltimore Wednesday, alleging that the city has not complied with a 2002 agreement to lessen sewage outflows that pollute area waterways. The group Blue Water Baltimore filed a motion in federal court to join an existing federal enforcement action that required the city to take a number of steps to address alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. In the motion, the group claims federal authorities "failed to adequately enforce" the water cleanup agreement, called a consent decree, they and the city reached in 2002.
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Tim Wheeler | June 21, 2013
It's summer, time to hit the beaches in Maryland and elsewhere. But are they safe for swimming?  Local health departments, with help and oversight from the state Department of the Environment , are responsible for checking the water for contamination by human or animal waste.  Health agencies typically post alerts to the public if bacteria levels are found high enough to pose a threat that bathers could become sick from splashing around....
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2013
The start of summer lures many Marylanders to the Chesapeake Bay and area rivers for a dip along the shoreline. It also brings increased monitoring of beach and water quality, and sometimes dire warnings about bacteria levels. This week, South Riverkeeper Diana Muller took 11 water samples along beaches south of Annapolis. All but one tested above safe swimming limits, prompting her to post the bacteria counts on Facebook with the caption: "I just received my bacteria results - PLEASE DO NOT SWIM in the SOUTH RIVER!
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2013
Hundreds of Anne Arundel County charities are hoping to get a fundraising boost from a round-the-clock, online donation event. The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County will host the "Great Give" from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. on Thursday. Donors can go to a designated website -- greatgiveaac.razoo.com -- to donate to their favorite charities. Corporate sponsors are paying for the administrative costs, so 100 percent of donations will go to participating charities.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2013
A lawsuit challenging the use of pollution "trading" to clean up the Chesapeake Bay was thrown out Friday, removing another legal hurdle to a federally imposed plan to restore the ailing estuary's water quality. Judge Rudolph Contreras in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion by the Environmental Protection Agency to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it by two environmental groups. The groups, Food & Water Watch and Friends of the Earth, had sued the EPA in October 2012, contending that a market-based cleanup program that is part of the agency's "pollution diet" for the bay violates the federal Clean Water Act and would undermine - rather than help - efforts to restore the Chesapeake.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | April 23, 1997
Charging that Maryland is making it too easy for developers to destroy the state's wetlands, environmental groups threatened yesterday to sue the federal government for turning over protection of marshes and bogs to the state.The National Wildlife Federation and four other groups served formal notice that they will sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 60 days for delegating to the state most of its responsibility for safeguarding Maryland's 600,000 acres of tidal and freshwater wetlands.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
A bill moving through the General Assembly would give Maryland farmers a 10-year reprieve from new state or local environmental regulations if the state Department of Agriculture deems they're doing their part to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. To get the deal, farmers would first have to reduce pollution from their land more quickly than is now required – an important point, supporters say, since farm runoff is the largest contributor to the bay's...
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