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63 Lawmakers Urge Governor Hogan Not To Implement Trump’s Coal Pollution Standards in Maryland

October 19th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Today sixty-three Maryland Senators and Delegate urged Governor Larry Hogan not to implement President Trump's weakened coal pollution standards in the state. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is proposing to renew expired water pollution permits for three coal-fired plants in Dickerson, Chalk Point and Morgantown that would allow excessive dumping of toxic pollutants into Maryland waterways. The letter to Hogan states in part, "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama spent about six years investigating the impact of toxic discharges from power plants into waterways and issued new requirements in 2015 for the Clean Water Act.   Unfortunately, President Trump’s EPA halted the improved requirements in April of this year…. We call on you do what’s right for our citizens, our environment and our natural resources: require coal plants in Maryland to adopt the toxic coal waste requirements that EPA issued in 2015."

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