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Environmental Clinic Seeks Greater EPA Oversight in Md.

On behalf of its clients, Waterkeepers Chesapeake of Maryland and Waterkeeper Alliance, the University of Maryland School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic filed a petition on Dec. 7, asking the Environmental Protection Agency to require the Maryland Department of the Environment to tighten its enforcement of water pollution laws under the Federal Clean Water Act, or to take over the enforcement itself.

The 58-page petition charges the state Department of the Environment with "systemic failure" to carry out its legal responsibility to ride herd on water pollution piped into Maryland's rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The group's complaint alleges a litany of shortcomings in the way state regulators handle water pollution discharge permits, which are required of any private or public facility that is piping wastes into rivers, lakes and other surface waters. The permits typically limit the amount of pollution facilities can discharge and require them to report any problems to the state.

The effort was the subject of a front-page story in the Dec. 7 edition of the Baltimore Sun.

The petition is a the culmination of an effort led by Clinic Director Jane Barrett and carried out by Fellow Tina Meyers, and student attorneys Daniella Einik, Jim Getz, Kevin Leslie, Chris Montague-Breakwell, and Lisetta Silvestri.


Posted by Jamie Smith on Dec. 7, 2009

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