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On Saturday July 26th, come see coal up close!

Have you ever seen a coal-fired power plant in person? I was shocked by the size and scale of the first coal plant I visited, with its massive boilers and several immense smokestacks, each billowing gray plumes that pollute the air we breathe.

The dense, dark plumes that spew from coal plants are only one kind of the pollution emitted: the visible kind. What goes unseen, but what is still very much present, is all of the invisible, but just as dangerous pollutants, that spill unhindered and unseen from the same smokestacks. 

This pollution contributes to 85% of Marylanders living in areas with unsafe air, ranking our state as having the worst air quality on the East Coast. The good news is that you can help do something about it. 

Join other Marylanders July 26 for an easy hike along the C&O Canal Towpath, see the Dickerson coal plant in person, and learn about the Sierra Club’s campaign to clean up Maryland’s dirty coal. 

 


Update to Energy Committee (list servs) on our priorities

On Wednesday, a group of Maryland politicians took a stand on the state’s unacceptable levels of air pollution by sending a letter voicing their support for stronger pollution controls on Maryland’s coal-fired power plants.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has drafted stronger pollution controls to cut down on the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted by the state’s coal plants; both of these pollutants contribute to smog-filled air that is classified as unsafe to breathe by the EPA1, and approximately 86 percent of Maryland residents are exposed to this dirty air every day.

It is hoped that the support of 10 state senators, 33 state delegates, and several council members from Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties will encourage Governor Martin O’Malley to support the MDE’s stronger pollution controls and stand firm against opposition from coal industry lobbyists and their legislative backers.

[picture - District 39 Delegate Shane Robinson Signed The Letter to O'Malley]


The Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club joined 18 other local, state, regional, and national groups in Baltimore on Wednesday to hand-deliver over 40,000 printed comments urging the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject Dominion Cove Point’s application for a crucial permit.

As part of its proposal to convert the existing Cove Point natural gas import terminal, located on the Chesapeake Bay, into an export terminal, Dominion is seeking permission to build a 130-megawatt gas-fired power plant at the site. This plant would provide the power needed to cool the natural gas to 260 degrees below zero, converting it into a liquid that would then be put into tankers to be carried to India and Japan.