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Bay Journal: Environmentalists, Shore officials oppose Conowingo settlement

Bay Journal: Environmentalists, Shore officials oppose Conowingo settlement

Chesapeake Bay Journal, Tim Wheeler, February 12, 2020 Critics say deal doesn’t come close to fixing dam’s ecological harm, urge federal commission to reject it, seek legislation to block it. “We’re going to have impacts from what happens with this relicensing until 2070, perhaps longer,” said Betsy Nicholas, executive director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, “so getting it right is really important.” ...
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The Proposed Conowingo Settlement – A Dam Dud

The Proposed Conowingo Settlement – A Dam Dud

By Zack Kelleher, Sassafras Riverkeeper The recently-announced agreement between the Maryland Department of the Environment and Exelon Corporation regarding the Conowingo Dam is a baby step in the right direction, but does not do enough to protect the Chesapeake Bay or Sassafras River. At a time when we need innovative, comprehensive solutions to major environmental threats, these two parties have instead elected for a feel-good ...
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Baltimore Sun Editorial: Conowingo deal: helpful, but disappointing

Baltimore Sun Editorial: Conowingo deal: helpful, but disappointing

Baltimore Sun Editorial: Conowingo deal: helpful, but disappointing, October 31, 2019 The Baltimore Sun editorial picks up several of our concerns on the Conowingo Dam settlement: not enough funds invested over a 50-year license period; funds will be placed on the Clean Water Fund that is not a “locked box”; and the settlement is not enforceable because terms are not in 50-year federal (FERC) license. “As ...
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Bay Journal: Exelon agrees to $200 million settlement for impact of Conowingo Dam

Bay Journal: Exelon agrees to $200 million settlement for impact of Conowingo Dam

Exelon agrees to $200 million settlement for impact of Conowingo Dam, Bay Journal, Tim Wheeler & Jeremy Cox, October 30, 2019 The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and Waterkeepers Chesapeake had contended that the conditions originally imposed by the MDE didn’t go far enough to address the dam’s impacts. Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Ted Evgeniadis said the groups had appealed the state’s conditions with hopes of getting ...
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Engineering-News Record: Maryland-Exelon Pact Aims for Cleaner Susquehanna River

Engineering-News Record: Maryland-Exelon Pact Aims for Cleaner Susquehanna River

Maryland-Exelon Pact Aims for Cleaner Susquehanna River, Engineering-News Record, Tom Ichniowski, October 30, 2019 But environmental groups question whether the new deal’s provisions are strong enough to make the river and bay water cleaner. Betsy Nicholas, Waterkeepers Chesapeake Executive Director, said in a statement that provisions for Exelon to pay Maryland for such things as restoring mussel habitat, “are merely statements of intent and they ...
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