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On July 24th, Clean Water Action (CWA) held a press conference that recognized the thousands of Marylanders who have written letters and postcards in support of the Administration’s proposal and kicked-off the final 90 days of Clean Water’s comment gathering. Additionally, the American Sustainable Business Council released the results of its national poll that shows 80% of small businesses owners support the proposal.
“Other wins include many legislative challengers and open seats”
Baltimore, MD – Candidates backed by the environmental group Clean Water Action won big in Tuesday’s primary elections, with 66 of 75 endorsed candidates coming out on top.
“Brian Frosh’s win for Attorney General was especially important,” said Clean Water Action’s Andy Galli. Galli says his organization’s members – more than 98,000 in Maryland – and person-to-person grassroots campaigning were big factors in Frosh’s contest and in other races where environmental and health concerns helped boost turnout for the endorsed candidates.
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking public comments on whether to close the loopholes that allow corporations and big polluters to dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution from power plants into our air. This same pollution is already having devastating effects on water from Chesapeake Bay to the Great Lakes to the Colorado River and is putting our agricultural and tourism industries at risk.
Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is a regulation that increases the state’s production of energy from clean renewable sources, and reduces reliance on polluting fuels. The Governor and some Maryland legislators want so-called Waste-To-Energy (WTE) incinerators to be considered a "Tier One" source of renewable energy in the state’s RPS, which would give a polluting industry tens of thousands of state tax dollars in energy credits.
In 1983, 1987 and 2000, Maryland Governors and their counterparts in Virginia, the District of Columbia and other jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed signed formal agreements that set timelines for cleaning up the Bay. The most recent agreement called for deadlines that were to be met by 2010. That deadline will not be met. Clean Water Action supported the strongest possible version of this latest agreement, understanding that we would continue fighting for the enforcement of the Clean Water Act as the likeliest means restoring the Bay.