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Swimming in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by 2020? No, but maybe 2030, Waterfront Partnership says

Bacteria levels in parts of the Inner Harbor worsened in 2019, but the city's Waterfront Partnership is setting its sights on a harbor swimming area as part of its "2030 Vision."
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Climate

Robert B. Reich: California fires a reminder what Trump isn’t doing for climate change

Donald Trump isn't singularly responsible for climate change, of course. But he's done nothing to stop it. In fact, he's done everything he can to accelerate it.

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Toxics

Maryland’s signature fish is under assault from mercury pollution

EPA enforcement has been largely on stand-down during the pandemic but high amounts of mercury recently detected in Maryland rockfish suggest it will take more than a return to business-as-usual to address worrisome levels of environmental pollution.
Justice

A $550M national class-action settlement includes money for cleanup of PCBs in Baltimore waterways

A $550 million class-action settlement with Monsanto includes money to clean up chemical contamination in Baltimore-area waterways.
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Toxics

Got Chesapeake Bay acid? New study finds seagrasses may bring relief

Large beds of underwater grass may be just the cure for one of the problems that ails the Chesapeake Bay.
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Toxics

Maryland to begin testing drinking water, Chesapeake Bay oysters for harmful ‘forever chemicals’ known as PFAS

Maryland is testing drinking water and Chesapeake Bay oysters for the presence of what are known as “forever chemicals," or PFAS.
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Water

Chesapeake Bay Foundation sues Trump administration’s ‘nearsighted’ decision against protecting streams, wetlands

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is challenging a Trump administration environmental decision that the nonprofit group says would gut protections for wetlands and streams.
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Toxics

Fuel leak in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor traced to faulty State Center generator; contamination lingers

A mysterious leak of red-dyed fuel into the Jones Falls has ended, and investigators traced it to a faulty generator at the State Center office complex, but the contamination is lingering in the Inner Harbor.

Toxics

Baltimore’s plastic bag ban will be signed into law by Mayor Young on Monday

Baltimore will soon officially ban retailers’ use of plastic bags in an effort to crack down on pollution.
Toxics

Maryland officials pledge to sue EPA if it doesn’t affirm it will enforce Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

A Maryland senator and a top Hogan administration official on Wednesday pledged to sue the EPA if it doesn’t soon clarify whether it is stepping back from its role enforcing a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan.
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Toxics

Chesapeake Bay cleanup can’t rely on the unreliable Trump EPA

If Chesapeake Bay restoration goals are merely an "aspiration" to the Trump administration, it will be up to others to enforce them.
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Climate

Robert Walker: Humanity is overwhelming the planet

Humanity is overwhelming the planet, its resources and its life-supporting capacity.

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Toxics

In lawsuit, Maryland accuses shuttered Luke paper mill of polluting Potomac River with black liquor waste

Maryland is taking a shuttered Western Maryland paper mill to court, accusing it of allowing a waste product known as black liquor to seep into the Potomac River despite regulators’ demands that it stop the contamination.
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Climate

‘I can’t believe how much of it is gone:’ Chesapeake Bay Foundation says goodbye to Fox Island as seas rise

The bay foundation welcomed its last group of students to the island last month, started packing up the lodge, and put Fox Island up for sale. At least, what's left of it.
Justice

Number of Maryland children tested positive for lead poisoning fell 11% in 2018

The number of Maryland children who tested positive for lead poisoning fell 11% in 2018, state health and environmental officials said Wednesday.
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Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

Exempt from inspection: States ignore lead-contaminated meat in food banks

Hunter-donated meat provides crucial protein to US food banks. But an EHN investigation found a lack of oversight that could result in potentially hundreds of thousands of lead-contaminated meals this year.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

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