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The Race to Save the Chesapeake Bay: New Investigation in the Washington Spectator

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The following original Public Trust Project investigation appeared in the March 1, 2014 issue of the Washington Spectator.  On a brilliant fall day, Stan Pennington and Eric Hines ride out in a government Jeep, surveying the rolling hills of Carroll County, Maryland, but they come to a stop when the pastoral scene takes an ugly …

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The Fish at the Heart of the Food System

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By Alison Fairbrother and David Schleifer You have never seen a menhaden, but you have eaten one. Although no one sits down to a plate of these silvery, bug-eyed, foot-long fish at a seafood restaurant, menhaden travel through the human food chain mostly undetected in the bodies of other species, hidden in salmon, pork, onions, …

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Fowling the Bay?: Media Reports Absolving Poultry Industry of Pollution are Premature

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Good news about the health of the Chesapeake Bay is rare, which might explain the media flurry surrounding new research that suggests pollution from poultry farms isn’t so bad after all. Representatives of the poultry industry hailed the research, implying that it proved that environmental regulations on farmers have been too stringent. But that conclusion …

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Will Maryland Give its Farmers a Pollution Pass?

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Maryland lawmakers are debating a bill that could amount to a pollution pass for farmers in the state. The “Agricultural Certainty” bill would excuse participating farmers from new state and local environmental regulations for ten years. In return, farmers would agree to meet existing pollution reduction goals set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and …

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