BGE presents $400K in 'Green Grants'

 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.  provided on Wednesday more than $400,000 in grants to nearly 50 local nonprofit organizations committed to environmental stewardship. (WMAR)

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Sept. 4 // BWI busier than Dulles last year

Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport leapfrogged ahead of Washington Dulles International Airport in terms of passenger counts in 2012, according to Airports Council International. BWI was the nation's 22nd busiest airport in 2012, bumping Dulles down a place, according the council, which released passenger data for North American airports on Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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Planners envision new development among mass transit stations

Baltimore planners want to invite development around mass-transit stations where individuals and families can live, shop and commute without having to get behind the wheel of a car — part of a proposal to modernize the city. In the 350-page, comprehensive zoning overhaul — a once-in-a-generation undertaking that officials are calling TransForm Baltimore — they describe plans to remake old industrial buildings into artisan workshops and lofts, preserve the character of the city's neighborhoods and protect the port as an economic engine for the region. (Balt. Sun)

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Light rail in Waldorf gets boost with transit study

Tucked inside nearly $650 million in Prince George’s County transportation projects announced recently by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) was $5 million for a study to examine transit options linking Waldorf and the Branch Avenue Metro station in Marlow Heights, a significant step in local officials’ efforts to bring light rail to Southern Maryland. Though the study will look at other possibilities, local officials expect light rail to be the region’s ultimate transit solution, with bus rapid transit a potential interim option. (Enterprise)

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OC beach driving stopped in its tracks

There will be no beach driving program for surf fishermen in Ocean City. The Town Council unanimously voted to drop the idea in the face of strong citizen opposition, including a viral online petition against the measure. (Daily Times)

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Company launches new water taxi from National Harbor to National Mall

Potomac Riverboat, the company that offers a water taxi from National Harbor to Alexandria among other water transportation services, has launched a new taxi route between National Harbor and the National Mall. (Wash. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland marinas slow to adhere to discharge regulations

Many Maryland marinas are facing costly improvements over the next 18 months to meet new state discharge standards for boat bottom pressure-washing. After March 1, 2015, the Maryland Department of the Environment will require marinas to collect all pressure-wash waste water, treat it, then discharge it with significantly less metals, suspended solids, oil and grease. (Capital)

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State attempts to settle lawsuit with Dickerson coal plant

Maryland hopes to settle with the operator of a coal power plant in Dickerson that it sued for polluting local waterways. The Maryland Department of the Environment sued Delaware-based GenOn Mid-Atlantic and GenOn Chalk Point in U.S. District Court in June, claiming the Dickerson Electric Generating Station and Chalk Point Electric Generating Station in Prince George’s County pumped higher-than-allowed levels of chemicals into local bodies of water. (Gazette)

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