Bay Journal: Maryland stormwater permits upheld, rejecting complaints they’re not tough enough

State appeals court sides with state regulators; environmental groups file another suit against EPA over tributary cleanup plans

Environmental regulators acted within the law in giving Maryland’s largest localities some leeway in deciding how to reduce polluted runoff from their streets, buildings and parking lots, the state’s highest court has ruled.

In a unanimous 100-page opinion, the Court of Appeals on Friday dismissed complaints by several environmental groups that stormwater pollution discharge permits issued by the state were not sufficiently stringent and had been drafted without adequate public input…

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