What angered marina owner Art Cox was the fact that his small business spent a lot of money to comply with environmental laws, but the government allowed the big steel factory nearby to virtually ignore a pollution cleanup order.
These two were among several Baltimore area citizens who joined with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper in announcing today that they had filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the owners of Sparrows Point steel plant over water pollution pouring from the industrial site.
For more than a decade, EPA and MDE have failed to enforce a 1997 consent decree signed by the factory owners that should have stopped the flow of pollutants from the roughly 2,300 acre factory compound on the Patapsco River. Meanwhile, toxic materials from Sparrows Point have continued to seep into both the Patapsco and Bear Creek. High concentrations of chromium and arsenic (both known carcinogens), lead (which can cause neurological problems) and other contaminants have been found in the sediments nearby, according to testing results reviewed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).