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Maryland Power Plants and the Environment: A review of the impacts of power plants and transmission lines on Maryland's natural resources (CEIR-12)

 

Introduction

This report, the 12th edition of the Cumulative Environmental Impact Report (CEIR-12), describes how power plants affect the environment and discusses how industry restructuring interacts with natural resource issues.

Power plants in Maryland, like all industrial facilities across the United States, affect the environment in various ways. For more than 25 years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) has been investigating how power plants impact Marylandís air, water, land, and cultural resources.

We need power plants and transmission lines to support the basic needs of modern society. At the same time, we must continually ask: What impacts do power plants have on the environment? Are the impacts significant? What are the costs to minimize the impacts?

The electric power industry across the United States is in the midst of change, which is affecting how power plants are managed and regulated. Wholesale competition has been a fact of life for several years, and now many states are introducing competition at the retail level. In Maryland, restructuring has brought changes in the types of power plants that are being proposed and constructed, and in the companies that are siting and building these facilities. Whereas in the past, large utility companies would build and operate power plants, generating electricity to serve their own service territories, now electric-ity generation has become a competitive market, with power plant developers and operators vying to sell power to supply the regional grid.

The following pages present the CEIR in a series of Adobe Acrobat files, which the user can view on-line or download. (Note that to view the pages, one must have installed on their machine the Adobe Acrobat reader). To view the on-line CEIR, follow the link below:

CEIR Table of Contents

If you want more information on the impacts of power plants in Maryland, you can request a copy of the Bibliography, past CEIRs, and other documents from:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Power Plant Research Program
Tawes State Office Building
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 260-8660
fax: (410) 260-8670


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This page was updated on October 9, 2003.