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County Executive John R. Leopold Proposes Extending the Ban on Fly Ash Dumping in Anne Arundel County

Annapolis (June 25, 2008) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today proposed legislation in the County Council that would extend the current ban on the dumping of fly ash in Anne Arundel County until October, 2009. The legislation is necessary because of the impending expiration of the current ban and the continued health and environmental risks the fly ash poses to the County and residents.

"It is my hope that the County Council will act expeditiously to extend the current ban on dumping of fly ash in Anne Arundel County," County Executive Leopold said. "This is the right course of action to take. I am very concerned about the long-term effects fly ash dumping poses to County residents and our environment."

In August, 2007, County Executive Leopold introduced an Emergency Ordinance prohibiting the deposit of combustion ash at any County location, which was amended by the County Council to expire after one year on October 1, 2008.

Fly ash production continues at the Wagner/Brandon Shores plant operated by Constellation Energy.

The Maryland Department of Environment proposed regulations dealing with fly ash placement in December, 2007. At the County Executive’s direction, Fran Phillips of the County’s Department of Health offered recommendations to strengthen the draft regulations which were deficient because they did not include a requirement for on-going air quality testing, inadequate requirements for public and County notification, no requirement for independent laboratory analysis, an insufficient property set-back requirement, and no requirement for testing for radioactive contamination which has been detected elsewhere.


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