Comments and Letters
Organizations within the Chesapeake Accountability Project periodically comment on pending water pollution permits, rules, and other matters. This page includes summaries of those comments and letters and links to full-text documents.
Letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment on Enforcement of the Maryland Industrial Stormwater Permit
July 19, 2021
In this letter, the Chesapeake Accountability Project raised a set of specific concerns about how the Maryland Department of the Environment enforces the Maryland General Permit for Discharges from Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities (industrial stormwater permit). The project partners also provided MDE with a set of recommendations to better protect people and the environment from water pollution that runs off of industrial sites during storms.
Comments on Renewal of the General Permit for Discharges from Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities
April 16, 2021
The Chesapeake Accountability Project (CAP) and other stakeholders submitted comments on the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) tentative determination to renew the General Permit for Discharges from Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities (known as the industrial stormwater permit). This permit is an important opportunity to create clear, specific, measurable, and enforceable requirements to reduce polluted industrial stormwater runoff, which can be particularly toxic and hazardous to human health and aquatic life, and which poses a unique threat to our common goal to promote environmental justice in Maryland.
However, the current permit up for renewal poses substantial risks to the health of local communities and waterways and to Maryland’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay. CAP and other stakeholders offer recommendations for improvements and increased permit effectiveness.
CAP and other stakeholders also urge MDE to slow down the permit renewal process. Though the permit's renewal cycle is long overdue, the current, expedited process shortchanges public participation, community input, and would result in a permit that could do significant harm to communities in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This would violate several laws and go against the federal EPA's renewed commitment to restoring the Chesapeake Bay, promoting climate resilience, and attacking environmental injustices.
Comments on Renewal of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Discharge Permits for Four Maryland Jurisdictions
January 21, 2021
The Chesapeake Accountability Project and other stakeholders submitted comments on the Maryland Department of the Environment's tentative determination to renew the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Separate Storm Sewer Systems Discharge Permits for four jurisdictions: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Montgomery County. Click each link below to read the comments in full.
December 23, 2020
The Chesapeake Accountability Project and other stakeholders submitted these comments on the Maryland Department of Environment's ("MDE" or "the Department") tentative determination to renew the General Discharge Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity. The Chesapeake Bay restoration effort has hit a critical point. At the same time that the seven Bay jurisdictions have submitted their final plans for cleaning their rivers and streams and restoring the Bay, the restoration community faces many obstacles, including funding shortfalls, inadequate enforcement of laws and regulations, and waning government commitments to the Bay's restoration. In this letter, we summarize some of the specific concerns with the draft permit and requests regarding improvements we urge MDE to adopt within the draft permit. An appendix is also available.