WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Coal Ash Landfill OK'd In Maryland

Play associated audio

Maryland has approved a coal ash landfill at a site on the Anne Arundel County-Baltimore City line. State environmental officials insist pollution safeguards are in place.

The new landfill must have a plastic liner to keep contaminants from groundwater as well as monitoring wells. Ash also must be wetted daily to prevent it from becoming airborne.

Constellation Energy plans to dump 200,000 tons of ash on the 65-acre tract in southeast Baltimore.

It's the first new disposal site for power plant waste to be approved since 2007, when it was discovered that wells in Gambrills were contaminated with waste from a nearby dump.

Maryland Department of the Environment fined Constellation $1 million, and a few dozen area residents won a multimillion-dollar legal settlement that also set terms for cleaning up the site and eventually building on it.

A $275 million shopping center is now planned for the site, though some findings by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Tufts University have raised new concerns about the quality of the drinking water in the area.

Final Determination for CCBs Landfill by WAMU885news on Scribd

NPR

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
NPR

Collards And Canoodling: How Helen Gurley Brown Promoted Premarital Cooking

The legendary Cosmo editor, subject of two new biographies, knew sex sells – and food brings in ad money. She cannily combined them with features like "After Bed, What? (a light snack for an encore)."
WAMU 88.5

The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

NPR

Sun-Powered Airplane Completes Historic Trip Around The World

"This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it's before all a first in the history of energy," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard says. His plane flew more than 26,700 miles without using fuel.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.