2020, Journalistic Reporting

Maryland Blocks Proposed Off Campus Solar Project


This is a news story about the Maryland Department of the Environment’s decision to block Origis Energy’s solar project in La Plata, Maryland, which would have provided the university with around half of its electricity needs. The project faced push back from local environmental activists because to make room for the solar installation, over 200 acres of forest would have been cut down. Ultimately it was blocked because the state would not grant it a Wetlands and Waterways permit because it felt that Origis’s runoff mitigation plans were not sufficient for protecting the quality of the streams that crossed the property and ran into the Potomac and down to the Chesapeake Bay.


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