Rain Tax Being Under Scrutiny in Massachusetts

Article courtesy of Scott Dance | October 19, 2016 | The Baltimore-Sun | Shared as educational material. Maryland and an area environmental coalition are arguing over the controversial decision to cut the rain tax. As the governor of Maryland put it, ” the state does not need to impose yet another burdensome tax on homeowners […]

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Unreported Complaints about Fracking Water Contamination in PA, note MD

Though the gas industry claims fracking is safe and doesn’t harm drinking water, that story doesn’t match what many landowners report from the fracking fields.

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Mixed Results in Maryland Over Bay Water

Overall, Maryland is on track to meet its phosphorus goal, but is slightly off track to meet its nitrogen goal. However, an assessment of key practices that Maryland is relying on to reduce pollution in local waterways found two key practices on track and two key practices off track. The assessment was conducted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and the Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC).

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What’s in the Water? EPA Investigating Offshore Contamination Around Sparrows Point

Environmental regulators have long known of the contamination in the soil at Sparrows Point in eastern Baltimore County. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is probing the mud under the waters around the old steel mill to test for contamination.

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Maryland At High Risk of Water Contamination From Fracking, Independent Assessment Finds

An independent assessment commissioned by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Citizen Shale, two Maryland environmental groups, warns hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state would pose a “high risk” to Maryland air and water.

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Picturesque community rocked by drinking water contamination

Residents of Salisbury on Maryland’s Eastern Shore had no reason to question their water up until now. In fact, in a region known for its open space and natural features, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce boasts that the community’s “been careful to preserve those qualities which made this region famous for its pleasant living.”

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EPA Awards $173,400 for Maryland Student Initiatives.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $173,400 to the Maryland Coastal Bays Program for student initiatives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin provided opening remarks and presented a check today at the Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s “Get Out, Get Green, Get Paid” youth summit in Ocean City, Md.

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Groundwater education: Million year old groundwater in Maryland water supply.

A portion of the groundwater in the upper Patapsco aquifer underlying Maryland is over a million years old. A new study suggests that this ancient groundwater, a vital source of freshwater supplies for the region east of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, was recharged over periods of time much greater than human timescales.

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Maryland / Pennsylvania fracking news: Fracking is neither safe nor harmless to the environment.

Fracking problems are now turning to do they cause earthquakes. Hydraulic fracturing and the Marcellus shale have been in the news for sometime now because of petroleum industry and environment clashes. Maryland and Pennsylvania both have major issues with Susquehanna River, Chesapeake Bay being contaminated with fracking chemical wastewater,. This three article posting covers a few of the states concerns.

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