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Environmental Law Clinic Files Suit Alleging Eastern Shore Chemical Company is Violating Federal Clean Water Act

The School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on March 12 against the Velsicol Chemical Corp. for violations of the federal Clean Water Act at the company’s Chestertown manufacturing facility. The suit asserts that the plant continues to release pollutants into local waterways without the necessary permit.

Jane Barrett, JD, associate professor at the School and director of the clinic, says the company is polluting waters in a tributary of the Chester River by dumping phosphorus and DEHP, a chemical used in the manufacturing process, and the Maryland Department of the Environment is not doing enough. A citizens group that Barrett represents was told that it would interfere in talks between the department and the company. Barrett says she hopes the lawsuit will provoke "transparency in government and more citizen involvement."

Click here to see Professor Barrett's comments.


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