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Annapolis sues 26 oil and gas companies for their role in contributing to climate change

The city will argue the companies violated the Maryland Consumer Protection Act and five other actions, including public and private nuisance, negligence, failure to warn and trespass, according to a statement released by Mayor Gavin Buckley's office.

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Chesapeake Bay receives another D+ on health report, due largely to struggling rockfish population

In 2020, for the second time in a row, the Chesapeake Bay received a D+ on a report from Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientists.
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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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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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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.

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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.
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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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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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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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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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