Environmental Losses this Year in Annapolis Include Bill to End Baltimore Incinerator Subsidy

ryland’s 2024 General Assembly session yielded what one activist called “a mixed bag” of legislation dealing with the Chesapeake Bay, climate change and environmental justice, according to the Bay Journal.

During the 90-day session, lawmakers okayed a reboot for Bay restoration efforts, gave boosts to solar and offshore wind projects and renamed the invasive snakehead fish. They put $90 million toward fighting climate change.

But legislators also killed or simply passed over other measures environmentalists backed. Bills failed that would have stopped subsidizing trash incineration, enhanced shoreline protections and made it easier to deny permits for projects that pollute economically disadvantaged communities.