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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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Feds Propose Limited Immunity for Water Polluters

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Agriculture is the largest contributor to water pollution in the U.S., dumping millions of pounds of nitrogen and phosphorous into the nation’s waterways each year. But as the problem worsens and government scrambles to find a solution, a program offering regulatory exemptions to farmers who voluntarily take cleanup steps is getting terrible reviews. In March …

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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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Making Waves: Delegate Cites PTP Investigation in Op-Ed

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In an op-ed published on SoMdNews.com, Maryland delegate Peter F. Murphy (District 28), highlighted a Public Trust Project investigation that found that Omega Protein had hired hundreds of foreign workers to labor on the company’s fishing boats and factories, while claiming to be an exceptional job creator on American shores. Del. Murphy wrote, “…jobs for U.S. …

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Unprotected: a Timeline of Inaction on the Most Important Fish in the Sea

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Unprotected: a Menhaden Timeline Menhaden has been called “the most important fish in the sea,” because it forms the base of the Atlantic food web, providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for important marine predators. But it is also an anomaly in Atlantic fishery management. Despite 30 years of scientific evidence pointing to the decline of …

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Make Your Voice Heard on Atlantic Menhaden Regulations

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Decision day is upon us. Now it’s time to weigh in. On December 14th, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will finally decide how much to cut the allowable harvest of Atlantic menhaden — a forage fish that has been overexploited by the commercial fishing industry for half a century. Almost one year ago, …

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