Coal Free Maryland Waters
Update: Thank you to all of our members who sent comments. The comment period is now closed - we will update you when there is an update.
We have a problem with coal-fired power plants dumping toxic pollutants such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and selenium into our waterways. These pollutants concentrate in the food chain, and already Maryland has fish consumption advisories for mercury in over ten species.
Under the old, outdated rules coal plants were allowed to dump a nearly unlimited amount of toxic waste directly into our waters, threatening our water and the health of communities downstream. It's time for Maryland to revoke these plants' free pass to pollute our rivers, lakes, and streams. In 2015, the EPA updated the regulations to reduce the toxicity of coal waste - these standards would have required power plants to curb the vast majority of their toxic metals and other harmful contaminates. While these federal regulations are currently on hold, Maryland can still implement this safer standard and prevent these contaminants from entering our water supply.
Right now, the Maryland Department of the Environment is issuing new permits for three coal-fired power plants - Chalk Point, Dickerson, and Morgantown - which discharge into the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. We want MDE to hold these power plants accountable to a standard that does not allow them to dump their toxic waste into our rivers.
September 26: Morgantown Permit
Charles County Library - La Plata Branch
2 Garrett Ave
La Plata, MD 20646
September 27: Dickerson Permit
Upper Montgomery Co - Volunteer Fire Dept
19801 Beallsville Road, 2nd Floor
Beallsville, MD 20839
September 28: Chalk Point Permit
Calvert County Library - Fairview Branch
8120 Southern Maryland Blvd
Owings, MD 20736