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County Executive Leopold Extends Fly Ash Ban for Third Year to Protect Public Health - Ban continues in lieu of state and federal regulations

Annapolis (October 6, 2009) - County Executive John R. Leopold said today he will sign legislation passed by the County Council last night that continues a ban on fly ash for a third straight year.

"Fly ash continues to be a health concern in North County and West County, even though dumping has stopped and some mitigation has occurred," County Executive Leopold said. "While we continue to wait for the State to promulgate new regulations on fly ash, as well as a policy decision from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this ban will remain in effect to protect our citizens."

Constellation Energy, the parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric, was dumping fly ash into a gravel mine in Gambrills until the ban was first enacted in 2007. Residents later achieved a multi-million dollar settlement with the company to mitigate property and ground water problems. A proposal to dump fly ash at Anne Arundel County’s northern border is also pending.


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