Clinic students also worked with the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), on a mandamus action to compel the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) to issue a Clean Air Act operating permit to the Wheelabrator Municipal Waste Incinerator Facility. The waste incineration facility—recognizable by its smoke stack imprinted with "BALTIMORE" in bold letters across its face—emits toxic air emissions including hydrogen chlorides, nitric oxides, toxic metals, mercury, and dioxins. Although the facility submitted a permit renewal application to MDE in May 2006, the facility was operating without a valid permit since its existing permit expired in August 2006. In response to the mandamus complaint, MDE promptly issued a draft operating permit on which the EIP commented with the Clinic's assistance. As local counsel, Clinic students had the opportunity to assist by researching Maryland laws and by drafting the mandamus complaint.
The Clinic is also working with the Environmental Integrity Project in Washington D.C. to make sure that the effort to clean Maryland's air does not compromise the Chesapeake Bay. Their partnership was recently featured in the Baltimore Sun blog, B'More Green.
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