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NEWS
January 16, 2010
The Maryland Department of the Environment says it plans to sue Mirant Mid-Atlantic and Mirant Maryland Ash Management over disposal of fly ash at its Brandywine site. MDE Secretary Shari Wilson said in a statement Friday that Mirant discharges pollutants from leachate into groundwater without a permit. New state regulations took effect in December 2008, but MDE says it has not been able to reach agreement with Mirant on compliance schedules. The department says it will file notice under the Clean Water Act alleging water pollution violations.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | September 17, 1993
New wells drilled into bedrock under the county landfill in Marriottsville have found more solvent-contaminated ground water, a newly formed citizens' committee was told yesterday.The suspected carcinogens, commonly used in grease-cutting, dry cleaning and paint removal, were found in smaller quantities than were discovered a year ago at the first bedrock test well at the Alpha Ridge Landfill.Semiannual tests at residential wells near the landfill by the county Health Department have not produced contaminated water.
NEWS
By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | August 11, 1994
Planned for 15 years, the county's first landfill park is just about finished -- with one nagging exception.The Alpha Ridge Community Park, on about 72 acres on the northern edge of the 590-acre Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville, has brightly colored, molded-plastic playground equipment, baseball backstops, playing fields, picnic pavilions and tennis and basketball courts. As soon as the grass is well-rooted and the fields are playable, the park will open -- probably next spring.But, said John Byrd, chief of the county Bureau of Parks, the potential for ground-water contamination from the landfill will mean portable chemical toilets in wooden kiosks will be provided instead of flush toilets and sinks with running water.
NEWS
November 14, 1990
UNION BRIDGE - The County Commissioners conducted a public hearing last night to discuss replacing private wells and septic systems in the Key View Estates development and surrounding homes with a community water system.Well water contamination has been detected in some homes in Keyview Estates because of failing septic systems. The community water system proposed by the county would serve about 43 existing homes, six potential new homes, a church and Francis Scott Key High.The 117-acre service area is between Bark Hill and Middleburg roads on the west side of Raywell Avenue.
NEWS
May 29, 1991
The County Commissioners are considering hiring a consultant to study moving a stream that could undermine the county's effort to cap Hodges Landfill and could carry pollutants to a larger body of water.The closed landfill, off Hodges Road in south Carroll, is one of several abandoned dumps that the Maryland Department of the Environment has ordered be properly sealed to avoid land and water contamination.The stream, which flows near the landfill and feeds Morgan Run, anatural reproductive habitat for trout, could erode a cap on the landfill, said James E. Slater, director of the County Department of Natural Resource Protection, in a meeting with the commissioners.
NEWS
August 4, 1993
Water officials reject bid for second hearingThe Maryland Water Resources Administration has no plans to hold a second hearing on the request of Black & Decker (U.S.) Inc. to pump hundreds of thousands of gallons daily at its Hampstead site, said Terrance W. Clark, chief of the administration's water rights division.The Carroll County commissioners had written to Mr. Clark July 15, calling for a second hearing.On June 15, the Water Resources Administration conducted a hearing in Hampstead on the company's request to pump an average of 432,000 gallons a day of water out of the ground as part of a project to clean up ground-water contamination.
NEWS
By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | June 29, 1995
Construction workers have discovered at least 50 drums of a petroleum-based substance at Fort Meade, the largest number federal officials have reported in five years.Preliminary tests show that the 55-gallon drums contained a substance similar to waste oil or diesel fuels. The drums were discovered June 15 off Rock Ave near Route 32. Base officials announced the discovery this week.They said they do not know how long the drums have been at the 50-foot by 100-foot site, which they have fenced off. The drums were buried under about a foot of dirt and had been covered with plastic.
NEWS
By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1995
The Maryland Department of the Environment has ruled out two possible sources of bacteria in the Union Bridge water supply, and the agency now plans to check a suspected sinkhole near the well on Locust Street.Treated water from the well is safe to drink, an MDE spokesman said when tests started in September. But the agency wants to know the source of bacteria in the untreated water.Dye tests showed no infiltration from the town's sewer system, which is "very good news," said John W. Grace, an MDE public health engineer.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1997
Bethlehem Steel Corp. and Peter G. Angelos continued negotiations yesterday on environmental issues that constitute the last barrier to Angelos' $26 million purchase of the company's Sparrows Point shipyard."
NEWS
By Craig Timberg and Craig Timberg,SUN STAFF | May 6, 1997
After years of battling state and Howard County officials, the owner of a Clarksville stump dump is a step closer toward legitimizing his operations.By a unanimous vote last night, the council approved the 30-acre dump owned by Alfred S. Bassler as part of Howard's solid-waste master plan.The facility turns stumps and yard waste into compost.With the vote, the county Board of Appeals and the state Department of the Environment can move ahead with reviews of the stump dump.Bassler needs an operating permit from state environmental officials and a special exception to county zoning regulations from the Board of Appeals.
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