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County Executive Leopold Applauds Unanimous Passage of Fly Ash Ban

Legislation approved by County Council extends ban for one year

Annapolis (January 4, 2011) - County Executive John R. Leopold today applauded the unanimous passage of legislation by the County Council that extends the ban on dumping fly ash by another year.

"There can be no greater priority than saving lives, and the disposition of fly ash is a serious public health issue," County Executive Leopold said. "I continue to urge the State of Maryland and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate stricter regulations on fly ash and increased monitoring. The pending permit for Constellation Energy to dump fly ash at the Baltimore City landfill just north of the Anne Arundel County line should be rejected."

County Executive Leopold intends to sign the legislation passed by the Council to extend the ban on fly ash in Anne Arundel County for a fourth straight year. A Gambrills dump site has led to elevated levels of heavy metals in groundwater that required providing bottled water to some residents, and recent reports suggest a need for increased testing in that area by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

 


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