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Md. agency misses deadline to respond to lawsuit

Wednesday - 12/18/2013, 5:17pm  ET

CAMBRIDGE, Md. (AP) -- Officials say the Department of Natural Resources has missed a deadline to reply to written questions from the plaintiffs in a lawsuit about the 2013 menhaden regulations.

Burl Lewis and Larry Powley filed the suit on Oct. 18 in Dorchester County Circuit Court alleging that DNR illegally promoted the regulations. The Harvesters Land and Sea Coalition is supporting the case.

The plaintiffs filed discovery requests and DNR had until Dec. 5 to respond.

Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Wazenski tells the Star Democrat of Easton (http://bit.ly/1gGAvxW ) says the amount of information requested is significant. She says the DNR has given the plaintiffs a date by which the agency will respond.

The regulations restricted Maryland watermen to collectively harvesting 5.12 million pounds of menhaden this year.

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Information from: The Star Democrat of Easton, Md., http://www.stardem.com


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