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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Ehrlich administration is coming
under fire from environmentalists who are objecting to proposed
changes in water-quality standards.
The proposal would allow the state to classify some waterways as
too polluted to justify the expense of cleaning them up.
It's similar to policies used by other states. But critics say it
would weaken protections for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
The Maryland Department of the Environment say the proposed
changes are an attempt to strike a balance between environmental
goals and the practical needs of business. And regulators deny they
are abandoning the state's waters.
No waterways have been named for a new category that would be
created by the changes. But the shipping channels of Baltimore Harbor
and the Patapsco River have been discussed as candidates.
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