Cleaning Our Waterways

Governor Hogan's Department of the Environment proposes to renew permits for three coal-fired plants in Dickerson, Chalk Point and Morgantown. The terms would allow the dumping of excessive toxic pollutants into our local sources of drinking water—the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, which flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

President Trump's EPA reversed new Obama Administration requirements that would have enhanced the Clean Water Act. This takes the country back to the old standards, written 35 years ago. The new Obama rules would have required the Maryland coal-fired plants to make improvements to better protect the rivers before renewing their permits—but Hogan’s reversals will endanger our drinking supplies and pollute the Bay, which is critical to Maryland’s economy.

On Oct. 19, 2017, 63 Maryland legislators urged Hogan not to renew these permits unless and until the improvements are made. These lawmakers noted that "coal-fired power plants are the number one source of toxic water pollution in the country." They went on to say that the toxins being discharged, including arsenic, lead, mercury and selenium, which can cause "cancer, lowered IQ in children, deformities and reproductive harm in fish and wildlife, and other disorders for our residents including heart, nervous system, kidney, liver and stomach problems."

President Trump's catastrophic stewardship of the environment doesn't mean that Maryland has to follow suit. We must have leadership in Maryland that resists Trump's efforts to pollute the environment.

Governor Hogan's Administration rush to follow the Trump Administration has endangered Maryland’s water supply.            

This matter is urgent. Will Hogan listen?  We need a governor we can trust to Marylanders, their health and environment.