This issue of Chesapeake includes the ballot for electing at-large members of the executive committee of the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club
by Carol Nau
By Carol NauIn August, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced further plans to put the ailing Chesapeake Bay on a pollution diet, and presented proposed sediment limits for the six states and the District of Columbia that comprise the Bay watershed. The limits are expressed in terms of total maximum daily load, or TMDL. The states and the District were charged with developing detailed watershed implementation plans (WIPs) to indicate how they would apportion these sediment limits, as well as the limits issued earlier for nitrogen and phosphorus, among their various pollution sources.
by Amanda Ruthven
By Amanda RuthvenIt seems that determining the economic feasibility of wind energy would be easy; after all, wind is free. Worldwide, wind energy is getting cheaper, yet empirical cost data is scarce for offshore wind energy in the United States. There are many components that complicate estimating the cost of such projects but at a macro-level, the cost of generating this type of electricity, like any other, consists of the capital costs, the running costs, and the cost of financing.
by Veronica Cassilly
By Veronica CassillyHarford Countys proposal to triple the size of its incinerator will increase the current rate of burning from 360 tons of trash a day to 1500 tons per day. The emissions from the current incinerator include 94 different toxins, 12 of which the Environmental Protection Agency has established safe levels for. The other 82 toxins have not yet been tested. It is not known what the health effects would be if all 94 of the toxins in the atmosphere were inhaled at once.
Your Auntie talks a lot about the importance of coal. Shes never worked in a mine, but once in college she knew someone whose sisters boyfriend was an assistant to a power company executive, so she feels some affinity with the industry. She has an idealized view of coal, though, and thinks that most coal still comes from underground mines. Shes not really sure what mountain-top removal is, but shes for it nonetheless.
by Marta Vogel
By Marta VogelBefore that, you would not have caught me in the woods, says Juan Coles, a senior at Digital Harbor High School, a magnet public high school in Baltimore. I was a city boy. Sierra Club has changed my life.
by Mary C. Corddry
Following is a roundup of whats happening with the nine Sierra Club groups in Maryland: Anne Arundel County, Catoctin, Eastern Shore, Greater Baltimore, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, Southern Maryland, and Western Maryland. If you have information to contribute to future Roundups for the Chesapeake newsletter, please contact Mary Corddry at XxDiTz4LyFxX@aol.com or at 410-239-4590.