BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is suing the city of Baltimore over the illegal discharge of pollutants from its wastewater treatment plants.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in Baltimore City Circuit Court on behalf of the Maryland Department of Environment. It involved unauthorized discharges from the city-owned Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, the two largest such plants in the state.
According to the complaint, “serious violations of emission permits issued by the MDE” were discovered during multiple inspections of the plants in 2021, including: factories, failed to report sampling results, failed to comply with stormwater discharge requirements, and failed to provide various required reports, among other issues.
“The violations outlined in our complaint allege a serious and repeated violation of state and federal water pollution laws, endangering our waterways and drinking water,” said Frosh. “Wastewater plants play an important role in our efforts to improve the health of the Bay (Chesapeake) and they must comply with state permits and environmental laws.”
The lawsuit asks the court to fine $10,000 a day for each license violation. It also seeks a court order requiring the city of Baltimore to do everything in its power to prevent all releases of any pollutants and prevent future discharges.
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