Maryland’s renewable energy facilities break pollution rules, say groups calling for enforcement

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Maryland’s renewable energy facilities break pollution rules, say groups calling for enforcement

October 14, 2019 - 19:13
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BALTIMORE, Oct. 14, 2019 (Local News) -Maryland law says that any company that contributes to a state renewable energy goal — half the state’s energy portfolio must come from renewable sources by 2030 — must “substantially comply” with rules on air and water quality and waste management. The complaint says more than two dozen power generators, including paper mills and trash incinerators, have records of formal or informal enforcement actions by environmental authorities.

For years, environmental groups have criticized Maryland policy that counts power plants that produce planet-warming carbon dioxide and health-threatening pollution as “renewable” energy generation, but lawmakers concerned about protecting industrial jobs have resisted reforms. The renewable label qualifies the companies for subsidies drawn from energy bills across the state.

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