Programs & Centers

Environmental Law Clinic

Environmental Justice


The Clinic represents a civic association fighting the construction of a new concrete batching plant in its historic African American community in Prince George's County.  This small neighborhood is already beset by more than its share of industrial activity, along with the resulting environmental and health issues that are associated with these types of industry.  Clinic students are representing the association in its appeal of the Prince George's County District Council's decision to uphold the granting of a special exception to the facility.  In January, 2010, the Circuit Court for Prince George's County ruled against the Civic Association, affirming the special exception based on what the Clinic believes to be an incorrect interpretation of zoning law.  The Clinic has since appealed the Circuit Court's decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. 

Students are also assisting the association to ensure that existing area industries are complying with their environmental permits to decrease neighborhood exposure to harmful pollutants.

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