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Coalition aims to intervene in Md. dam relicensing

Tuesday - 7/2/2013, 1:32pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- The Clean Chesapeake Coalition hopes the Conowingo Dam's relicensing process will create an opportunity to address concerns about the dam's role in Chesapeake Bay pollution.

The Cumberland Times-News reports (http://bit.ly/17Ekoty ) that lawyers for the coalition have filed to intervene in the federal relicensing process, seeking to add conditions to help protect the bay. The coalition of seven Maryland counties is pursuing bay water quality improvements in a fiscally responsible manner.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Coalition is beginning discussions and a review of the relicensing of the dam owned by Exelon Corporation. The coalition argues that the dam no longer serves as a pollution filter and should be dredged.

Some environmental groups have said that the dam should not become the main concern for bay cleanup efforts.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times- news.com/timesnew.html


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