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EPA Sued Over PCB Pollution in Maryland Rivers Near Baltimore

July 30, 2020, 3:36 PM

Gunpowder Riverkeeper is suing the EPA in a federal district court in Washington for approving a cleanup plan to tackle toxic polychlorobiphenyls in two rivers near Baltimore.

The nonprofit is alleging Clean Water Act violations because the Environmental Protection Agency approved Maryland’s plans to rid Gunpowder and Bird rivers of PCBs without requiring the state to clean up the largest source of these pollutants, which is sediment found at the bottom of the river.

PCBs are man-made chemicals that persist in the environment and accumulate in plant and animal tissue and can accumulate in humans through consumption of PCB-contaminated fish....

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