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Maryland Legislature Looks At 'Flush Tax' Increase

The Maryland legislature is considering raising the state's sewage tax in 2013 and again in 2015, but environmental groups argue that it needs to increase more quickly.

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Zoo Crafts Love Nest To Save Ozark's Salamanders

The large, flat, slimy, river-dwelling hellbenders are among the world's largest salamanders — and they're quickly disappearing. But thanks to a new conservation program and a high-tech ecosystem at the Saint Louis Zoo, scientists say 2012 could be a year of resurgence for the animals.
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The Race To Dig Deeper Ports For Bigger Cargo Ships

Many environmental concerns are starting to surface as East Coast cities plan to dredge their ports — like in Miami, where engineers would drill for two years to deepen Biscayne Bay's limestone bottom. But like many cities, Miami wants business from new cargo ships from the Panama Canal.
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Environmentalists And Fishermen Team Up To Save Oysters

We go inside a new program designed to replenish oysters stocks in the Chesapeake Bay by teaching fishermen to farm.
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Solar Panels Compete With Cheap Natural Gas

With new, affordable supplies of natural gas coming to market, renewable forms of energy are having difficulty competing. Electricity prices are down, which means it now takes longer for people who installed solar panels to recover their investment.
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Chesapeake Bay Foundation Going On The Offensive

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation published a new report which seeks to counter the claims the increased environmental regulations in the area have a negative effect on jobs and the economy.

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Fracking Byproducts May Be Linked To Ohio Quakes

Melissa Block interviews John Armbruster, a seismologist with Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University, about why he believes the waste from fracking in Ohio has led to the earthquakes there. He says the injection of waste water from the fracking process created pressure on nearby faults, and he expects the quakes to continue — even after the process is stopped.
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Oil-Drilling Wastewater Seen Causing Earthquake

Thousands of gallons of brine were injected daily into a Youngstown, Ohio, well that opened in 2010. It might take a year for the wastewater-related rumblings in the earth to dissipate, an expert says.
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Montgomery County Bag Tax Goes Into Effect

Montgomery County's 5-cent bag tax goes into effect today, and the county has already distributed more than 30,000 reusable bags as alternatives to disposal ones.

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