Academic Year 2020-2021 Highlights
- The Clinic represented a community group in Maryland in administrative zoning hearing processes to challenge the siting of a new gas station.
- The Clinic provided several hours of legal counseling and trainings to community groups on participation in the environmental review process for major infrastructure projects in Maryland, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. One training in particular attracted over 70 participants. The Clinic also drafted a lengthy NEPA comment for a community group on a proposed Maryland rail project.
- The Clinic drafted administrative comments regarding urban agriculture for the Farm Alliance of Baltimore to submit in the public participation process for Baltimore City’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit.
- The Clinic worked on a large industrial wastewater permit compliance sweeps for Baltimore City, helping clients and partners understand which facilities are out of compliance with existing environmental regulations. The Clinic also conducted a community training on the importance of public participation in the industrial wastewater permit process.
- The Clinic presented complex research on state enforcement authorities associated with tampering of emissions controls on cars, and transportation justice, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association mobile source air pollution conference.
- The Clinic continued to work on coal-ash in two matters. First, the Clinic continued to monitor water pollution levels at three coal ash facilities in Maryland pursuant to a long-standing judicial consent decree. Second, the Clinic completed a draft regulation for potential new coal ash regulation, for an environmental organization in the country of Bosnia, based on existing coal ash regulations in the United States.
- The Clinic continued to provide state comparative research support to environmental groups advocating for a state constitutional amendment to support a right to a healthy environment.