Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Concrete change

Baltimore removing acres of pavement to reduce runoff

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore is racing to remove thousands of acres of pavement, expand street sweeping and create new wetlands to meet a looming federal deadline to cut runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. Federal and state regulators have charged local governments across the region with eliminating one-fifth of concrete and asphalt surfaces over five years. Baltimore's deadline is December 2018.

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1,000 other unsafe dams in South Carolina?

The State

For years, South Carolina officials failed to oversee Pine Tree Lake’s dam – which broke during a severe rainstorm and flood that hammered Columbia last October – as money for its dam safety program dwindled. There are as many as 1,000 unregulated dams like Pine Tree that the state should be inspecting, one former state official estimates.

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Fracking wastewater disposal banned at POTWs

State Impact

The EPA has banned the disposal of hydraulic fracturing wastewater at publicly owned wastewater treatment plants, formalizing a voluntary practice that removed most fracking waste from Pennsylvania plants starting in 2011.

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