Maryland Senate Passes 'Black Liquor' Bill | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Senate Passes 'Black Liquor' Bill

Play associated audio

At the request of environmentalists, the Maryland Senate voted 33-13 today to ban "blick liquor."

Black liquor is a waste byproduct produced by paper mills when wood is turn into paper. Many of those same mills burn the black liquor as an energy source, and under current Maryland law, it is considered a renewable energy source under the portfolio that regulates what power can be purchased by utilities.

Environmentalists urged the Maryland Senate to remove 'black liquor' from the list of renewable energy sources.

A certain level of that purchased power must by renewable, and environmental groups argue that black liquor is in no such way a renewable or clean energy source, since it contains a lot of carbon.

A bill that would remove black liquor from the renewable portfolio was up for a final vote yesterday after receiving preliminary approval earlier in the week. But Sen. Roy Dyson asked for a delay right before that final vote, meaning it will come up again for consideration this morning.


The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging

A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States' oldest overseas base. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History Professor Paul Kramer.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

Leave a Comment

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