|Dumping dredge spoils. Creating a plume.|
This is the law that requires a look not only at the direct impact of a development project on its immediate eco-footprint, but also: (1) the indirect impacts the development could have on nearby or connnected environments & ecosystems, and (2) the cumulative impact it would have when added to already existing developments.
Changes to the rules implementing this important law need close examination!
DEP proposes changes to Chapters 373, 375 & 380 rules
|Commissioner Aho: See no evil.|
Existing wording Chapter 373 ** Chapter 375 ** Chapter 380 (pdf)
Ch 373 Financial Capacity and Technical Ability.8pg Almost complete replacement
Ch 375 No adverse effect on the natural environment 39pgs Replaces sec 16,17,18
Ch 380: Long term construction projects 5pgs Completely replaces "Planning Permit"
All three chapters in one pdf
MDEP factsheet on the proposed changes (pdf)
FOPB Prelim Observations
Every reference to "Board of Environmental Protection" is removed.
Every mention of "pollution" is removed except once: "pollution abatement" is mentioned
Chap 375 Replaces most of the solid waste, odor and water supply sections of the chapter
16. Adequate Provision for Solid Waste Disposal
17. Adequate Provisions for the Control of Odors
18. Adequate Provision for Securing and Maintaining Sufficient and Healthful Water Supplies
Chap 380 replaces Planning Permit" wording with "Long term construction projects"
|Lobsterman speaks to Board of Environmental Protection earlier this year|
PLEASE READ AND RESPOND.