FORT HOWARD MARYLAND – Environmental Integrity Project (EIP)–a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog organization that advocates for effective enforcement of environmental laws–is taking on the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) over the latter’s tentative determination to issue a Permit to Construct (“Draft Permit”) to Access World (USA), LLC (“Access World”). The Draft Permit will allow two 500 ton/hour crushing plants and four 200 ton/hour screening plants at 200 Shipyard Road, Sparrows Point, MD 21219.
Tradepoint Atlantic owns the property in question. TPA leases parcels of property to numerous companies in an attempt to become the largest logistical port on the East Coast.
The former Bethlehem Steel site, which is now owned and operated TPA, is considered to be a “Superfund” cleanup site.
The Allegis Group, which is owned by Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti and his cousin Jim Davis, is the parent company of TPA. Both men are multi-billionaires and have close political ties to various politicians throughout the state.
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This is not the first time that this prestigious nonprofit watchdog group has intervened in the state of Maryland to stop a potential hazardous pollution issue.
To illustrate the seriousness of the pending litigation, here is an interesting quote from the linked article above:
When she was just 16 years old, Destiny Watford decided to take on Maryland’s entire political establishment over a development project proposed near her neighborhood in Baltimore’s Curtis Bay.
Before providing our readers with the detailed letter from EIP to MDE, the state agency overseeing TPA’s Superfund cleanup site, here is another rather interesting quote from the article that targets some of the well-connected politicians involved in EIP’s previous litigation:
The developers had almost everyone on their side, including Governor Martin O’Malley and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake. Local governments and even the Baltimore city school system had signed contracts to purchase power from the incinerator.
The letter below, written by EIP senior attorney Leah Kelly and addressed to MDE, could have a major impact on TPA’s efforts to address many of these contamination issues. In addition to the pollution issue, one has to take note of the political connections behind the movement to ingratiate TPA with taxpayer funds for the build out of its infrastructure.
The Baltimore Post strongly believes that exposing this issue to the public represents the fight against corporate and capital cronyism by local communities. It also highlights the famous quote from President Abraham Lincoln: “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth..”
Below is the letter from Ms. Kelly to MDE: