Montgomery County Stormwater Case Reaches Court of Appeals

A November 5, 2015, Daily Record article reported that the Maryland Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Montgomery County's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit case. MS4 permits require the mitigation of stormwater runoff.  The Court is considering claims by environmentalists that the County's permit, issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) under the federal authority of the Clean Water Act, was vague and lacked specific goals, actions, and enforcement mechanisms. From the article:…

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Sparrows Point Driving Proposed Baltimore County Stormwater Fee Repeal

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Council  has introduced legislation to repeal the County's stormwater remediation fee. An October 31, 2015, Baltimore Sun article reported that one of the underlying concerns of the Council was the burden the fees imposed on businesses and in particular the Sparrows Point Terminal.  From the article: [Council members] pointed specifically to Sparrows Point Terminal, which bought a shuttered steel mill in the southeastern section of the county last year…

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