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Tell Governor Hogan, We Want Coal-Free Water

Right now, there are three coal plants in Maryland operating with expired and outdated water pollution permits. These coal plants -- Chalk Point, Dickerson, and Morgantown -- are dumping toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead, and mercury into the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Patuxent and Potomac Rivers. These toxic chemicals can degrade our drinking water and make it unsafe to eat fish and crabs. 

There are simple and affordable ways for the plants to eliminate their toxic coal waste, but for some reason, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is letting them continue to pollute our water. The MDE has issued draft permits for these plants, but did not include the latest federal standards for controlling toxic discharges into waterways. Governor Hogan can require the MDE to include federal standards to protect our water but it’s up to us to make sure he does.

Take action to protect our rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Tell Governor Hogan to stop toxic coal waste from polluting our water.

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I am writing to urge you to require the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to update the expired Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permits for the Dickerson, Chalk Point, and Morgantown coal-fired power plants to comply with the most recent federal guidelines designed to protect human health and the environment from coal pollution. The federal Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) went into effect in 2016 and updated standards for controlling toxic pollutants such as arsenic, boron, cadmium, mercury, lead, selenium, and nitrate for the first time since 1982. These pollutants impair water quality and kill fish in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers. The updates that the ELGS require are affordable, widely available, and already installed at many coal plants across the country. We need MDE to safeguard our precious water and revise the permits to follow modern standards requiring the best available technologies to be installed at each coal plant. Thank you.