Sunday 19 May 2019

Waterkeepers in the News (173)

Enjoy these recent news articles, videos and other media mentions about our member Waterkeepers.

Trump's pick for EPA vows to support Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a frequent critic of environmental regulations, appeared to offer support Wednesday for a federally directed Chesapeake Bay cleanup program he once sued to stop. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has repeatedly sued the agency he is now poised to oversee, told a Senate panel he would use his authority to enforce the pollution reductions pledged by six states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and he would push for federal funding for the bay's restoration. "I truly hope [Pruitt] has changed his position and will stand by the cleanup plan for the bay," said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. READ MORE Published in the Baltimore Sun by Scott Dance on January 20, 2017  
Maryland spends $1M a year to transport chicken litter, to the benefit of the Chesapeake — and poultry companies In one end of the long green warehouse come heaps of powdery, malodorous chicken manure. Out the other goes garden-ready fertilizer sold to golf courses or companies like Scotts, which bag it and markets it as Miracle Gro Organic Choice and other products. Supporters say the Perdue AgriRecycle facility a few miles from the Maryland state line is one solution for chicken farmers on the Eastern Shore who need to get rid of manure. "While the Manure Transport Program has kept a large amount of manure off the Eastern Shore," Clark said, "the financial burden should rightfully be on the industry that creates it." READ MORE... Published in the Baltimore Sun by Scott Dance on January 20, 2017
Pepco agrees to pay $1.6 million penalty, curb pollution of Anacostia River Potomac Electric Power Co. has agreed to pay a $1.6 million penalty and pledged to take steps to reduce toxic contamination of the Anacostia River via storm runoff from a company service center in the District of Columbia, federal officials have announced. The U.S. Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency gained those commitments and more in a consent decree negotiated with the Washington-area utility, which was filed late last week with the federal district court for the District. If finalized, the 72-page agreement would settle a 2015 federal lawsuit alleging that runoff drained from the Pepco site violated the Clean Water Act because it contained excessive levels of metals, including copper, zinc, iron and nickel, and total suspended solids. READ MORE Published in Bay Journal by Timothy Wheeler on January 19, 2017