MARYLAND FACES CIVIL RIGHTS COMPLAINT
AFTER APPROVING 3rd FOSSEL FUEL/GAS
PLANT IN BLACK COMMUNITY

The plant would increase pollution in a county already violating national air quality sandards. Environmental degradation is the disintegration of the earth or deterioration of the environment.

  • May 11, 2016
    Earthjustice Maryland Civil RIghts Filing

    Washington, D.C. — The state of Maryland is facing a federal civil rights complaint, filed by Earthjustice, on behalf of residents in the majority black community of Brandywine, Md., after the state approved a permit for a gas-fired power plant that would have disproportionate pollution impacts on the basis of race.
       
    Location of Brandywine, Maryland. Brandywine is located in an unincorporated portion of Prince George County that is 72% African-American. The state of Maryland is required under Title VI of the federal Civil Rights Act to consider whether there would be an unjustified unequal impact on the basis of race in approving a project that would cause pollution and involves the use of federal funds.
       
    The state’s PSC Department of the Environment, and Department of Natural Resources, which together approved the plant, failed to assess whether the project would cause disparate impact and whether there are ways to avoid such impacts.

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  • Three Approved Power Plants in Brandywine

    Panda Mattawoman
    Number five in the Cluster of 5 fossil fuel power plants. The project site is in Prince George's County, Maryland, about 12 miles southeast of Washington D.C. The utility law judge noted in the Oct. 13 tentative approval that comments on this project were "strident," with most comments being against the project, mostly from local residents, but also with many comments filed for the project and the approximately 23 jobs it will create.
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    Keys Energy, PSEG
    Number four in the Cluster of 5 fossil fuel power plantsThe PSEG Keys Energy Center, owned by PSEG Fossil, a subsidiary of PSEG Power, will begin construction in 2015 of a new clean, natural gas-fired, power plant in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The PSEG Keys Energy Center, a 755-MW combined cycle plant, is targeted to be in operation in 2018.

    Cederville, Panda
    Number two in the Cluster of 2 fossil fuel power plantsKMC Thermo, which also operates under the name Brandywine Power Facility, is located in Brandywine, Maryland. This organization primarily operates in the Autotransformers, Electric (Power Transformers) business / industry within the Electronic & Other Electrical Equipment & Components sector. KMC Thermo, LLC employs approximately 20 people at this branch location.
       
               
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    Important Dates
    June 18, 2016»

 


  • FACILITY: Charles County
    CPV Saint Charles Energy Center

    Number three in the Cluster of 5 fossil fuel power plants!. More »

  • FACILITY: Charles County
    Chalk Point

    Number one in the Cluster of 5 fossil fuel power plants! More »

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Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Nitrogen oxide is linked to asthma and heart attacks. And asthma, which has increased
significantly for decades, has increased fastest among African Americans.
The asthma rates for black children increased 50 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to the
Centers for Disease Control. While 1 in 10 white children have asthma and 1 in 9 Latino children have asthma,
the proportion of black children with asthma is significantly worse. One in 6 black children have asthma. Asthma kills
about nine people every day. It cause millions of days of missed school and work. But right now,
there’s an opportunity to make a difference in lowering the impact of asthma on black communities.

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IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER:
The EPA Title VI Complaint filed by the BTB Coalition and the Putexuant River Keeper has no relationship to the
"Clean Air Prince George's or .org website " and/or the collection of funds. The EPA Title VI Complaint filed is a complete
and separate action that has been taken having no affiliation, or in collaboration with each other’s proceedings.

Furthermore, in the Memorandum of Order of Denial: The Petitioners have failed to overcome the statutory presumption
that the PSC's decision is correct and in their challenge to the substantial and undisputed factual bases supporting
the PSC's decision is without merit. Petitioners cite to no evidence raising a question about the technical sufficiency of the
PPRP package, the testimony of Mr. DeGreeter, the JBA settlement, or the extensive license condition.

Decision to Order of 4/27/2016 entered on 6/2/2016: Read the Memorandum of Order.
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Nature, People, Natural Products for Our Economy, Fish and Wildlife Habitat, Flood Protection

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Thinking and Taking Action On Behalf of Brandywine. Our goals are that State and local policymakers actions be taken at multiple levels of government to ensure environmental justice “healthy zoning”, and equitable development initiatives. Community-based participatory is integrated into all policies, programs framework and local zoning ordinances similar to “Healthy Communities Act of 2007” in order to eliminate environmental injustices and improve health.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Why is Title VI so important? It is one of the few enforceable civil rights laws that covers environmental actions. Title VI is a powerful legal tool to hold agencies accountable for the downstream impacts of their decisions on communities of color that are already overburdened by environmental pollution.

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