Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

Buy and sell

Pollution credit proposal aims to help Chesapeake Bay

Maryland is establishing guidelines to allow property owners who execute water quality projects that go above and beyond requirements to earncredits that they could sell to others. (Matt Button, Baltimore Sun Media Group files)

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun

Maryland is setting the rules to allow property owners and others to buy and sell credits for environmental cleanup, an emerging strategy for improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. The Maryland Department of the Environment has drawn up the regulations that will guide how companies, agencies or owners who go above and beyond in water quality improvement goals can earn credits to be sold to others that are struggling to meet environmental benchmarks.

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The challenge of regulating emerging compounds

North Carolina Public Radio & Bangor Daily News

Chemours has been manufacturing GenX since 2009, under an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it would prevent discharge of the chemical compound into the river. But the company had been dumping GenX into the river for more than 30 years, when it was being created as a byproduct of a vinyl-making process. After news broke this summer of the contaminant, residents and officials wonder how this could happen. That question is at the heart of yet another chemical exposure, linked to Saint-Gobain Plastics, up the coast in New England and New York.

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Can Gowanus Canal survive its renaissance?

New York Times & Brooklyn Paper

The future is flowing in fast on the sleepy little Superfund site known as Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. As cleanup efforts get underway and NYC spends roughly $1 billion to reduce sewer discharge, the canal zone faces a different magnitude of change: development.

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