Clean Air Act

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The three states on the Delmarva Peninsula have joined 19 others in a suit against the easing of restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has put in a new rules that allows states more latitude in upgrading such facilities.

The suit argues that does not meaningfully replace the greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants as required under the Clean Air Act.

WBOC reports that Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh chastised the administration saying that EPA is prioritizing the coal industry over clean, renewable energy.

creative commons

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is announcing changes to Maryland's Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program that he says will save residents more than $2 million a year.

Hogan described the changes announced Thursday as common sense.

They include extending initial inspections for new vehicles by one year. The Hogan administration says numerous advancements in vehicle technology over the years have allowed for streamlined inspection regulations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to take required action under the Clean Air Act.

Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles notified the agency of the state's plans in a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday.

Delaware Governor's Blog

Delaware Senator Tom Carper is getting some advice from the state's former environmental chief.

Collin O’Mara, now president of the National Wildlife Federation, urged the Democrat to oppose a measure allowing higher amounts of ethanol to be mixed in with gasoline.

The bill would lift a 10 percent cap during the summer months.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Carper has said he has not made a final decision on the measure that would change the limits in the Clean Air Act rule.

Angela Byrd

FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Researchers with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science have found a surprising explanation for the improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay: cleaner air.

Professor Keith Eshleman (ESH'-el-men) in the center's Frostburg office said in a statement Tuesday that his team found nearly universal improvement in water quality since 1986 across the Upper Potomac River Basin. The area includes parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.