Take Action - Maryland Residents Harmed by Water Pollution Should Have a Voice

Open-uri20210208-22214-1n9ltta

Residents and communities are usually the first to notice and report pollution in their local waterways. And they are often the ones harmed by that pollution. If a state takes action against the polluter, these citizens impacted by the pollution have a right under the federal Clean Water Act to intervene in the case so they can have a seat at the table and have their voices heard when a remedy is being decided. In Maryland, a very confusing court decision several years ago has meant that Marylanders have not been able to intervene.

The Citizen Intervention Bill HB76 sponsored by Del. Sara Love (District 16) has passed the House! Now we need the Senate to pass SB334 sponsored by Sen. Jill Carter (District 41) so that Marylanders' voices are heard when legal actions are taken against polluters that have harmed their communities. The bill clarifies and codifies Maryland residents’ right to intervene under the Clean Water Act. Maryland’s Attorney General thinks this is a good idea and supports the bill. This bill doesn’t give residents a new right; it clarifies a right they already have.

We ask you to send an email to your Maryland state senators urging them to support SB334/HB76. The communities and residents who have been harmed by water pollution should be able to intervene in Clean Water Act cases and the courts and the state need to hear their stories.