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Maryland Gives $17M To D.C. Wastewater Project

Maryland's Board of Public Works is chipping in $17 million in grants to substantially reduce pollution at the Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant.  

There are a lot of upgrades going on at Blue Plains wastewater treatment plant, which bills itself as the largest advanced wastewater treatment plant in the world.

One of those upgrades is called enhanced nitrogen removal. Nitrogen pollution from sewage that hasn't been completely broken down is a major source of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. It contributes to algae blooms that kill off vast quantities of marine life every year.

Enhanced nitrogen removal at Blue Plains, which serves D.C. and parts of Maryland and Virginia, could cut the plant's nitrogen pollution by 83 percent. The price tag is about $900 million; about 40 percent of that is being paid for by rate payers in D.C. who get utility bills. 

The other 60 percent is paid for by wholesale customers -- those are utilities in counties in Maryland and Virginia. The upgrades should cut nitrogen pollution at the plant by 83 percent. 


Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.

Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Trump Meets Netanyahu And Affirms Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Trump's position would reverse long-standing U.S. policy. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Hillary Clinton later on Sunday.

Facebook Group Launched To Combat KKK Presence In Pennsylvania Town

Jaimi Hajzus was alarmed to learn that KKK fliers were dropped on lawns in her hometown of Coudersport, Pa. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin of a Facebook campaign to counter the hate group.

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