A December 7 article by the Baltimore Sun discusses the intent of several waterkeeper organizations to request the federal EPA to require MDE to strengthen its water pollution enforcement efforts or else take over enforcement duties from the State.
Below is a quote from the Sun article, which can be found here.
The state’s Waterkeepers – a network of environmental watchdogs – are expected to file a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency charging the state Department of the Environment with “systemic failure” to carry out its legal responsibility to ride herd on water pollution piped into Maryland’s rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. They say they’ve been driven to take such an unusual legal step out of frustration with the way the state is handling its duties to safeguard water quality.
A similar article by the Washington Post can be found here.