Maryland LCV Praises Baltimore Leaders for Move to Block Wastewater From East Palestine Toxic Train Crash

Annapolis, MD- Maryland LCV is praising Baltimore leaders, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski for working together and acting swiftly to prevent wastewater contamination from the train crash in East Palestine, Ohio from arriving in Baltimore.

Water quality in the Chesapeake Bay has already suffered from failures at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant last year. With regulators unable to guarantee all contamination would be removed prior to the wastewater being sent to Back River, blocking the wastewater was the right choice to make.

In response to the news, Maryland LCV’s Executive Director Kim Coble issued the following statement:

“Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right and what has happened to the residents of East Palestine is unacceptable. We stand with the community of East Palestine and call on the federal government to hold the company responsible for the crash.

The sad fact is we face pollutants entering Back River and the Chesapeake Bay everyday with or without wastewater from train derailments. We hope this episode serves as a motivating moment for people to recommit themselves to the urgent actions required to restore the Bay and the waterways that feed it.”

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Maryland LCV uses political action and education to fight for clean water, healthy air, and a resilient climate for everyone in Maryland. Maryland LCV is known for educating lawmakers and holding them accountable for their leadership and votes on key environmental issues. Maryland LCV’s annual scorecard, along with other reports, inform voters about legislators’ records.