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Environmental Community Calling For Approval Of “Black Liquor” Bill

January 20th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's environmental community is once again calling on lawmakers in Annapolis to seize the opportunity to dramatically improve the state's core clean electricity law this session by approving the so-called "black liquor" bill. The bill, which passed the senate but failed to get out of a house committee last year, has resurfaced. If approved it would close a massive loophole in the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) law that is shoveling millions in Maryland ratepayer dollars to old, out-of-state paper mills for burning "black liquor," a carbon-intensive waste byproduct.  Maryland’s only paper mill that burns black liquor is the Luke Mill.  State Senator George Edwards said the Luke Mill, the fourth largest employer in the county, can ill afford another regulatory hit from the state…


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