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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-16)



This report, the 16th edition of the Cumulative Environmental Impact Report (CEIR-16), describes how power plants and associated high voltage transmission lines affect Marylandís natural, social, economic, and historic environments. Additionally, the report provides a discussion of the physical and economic factors that have created the current state and regional electrical generating and transmission industry. The electric power industry across the United States, including Maryland, has changed significantly in the last decade with a move to a deregulated business environment with the intent of introducing competition at the retail level. In the past, large utility companies would build and operate power plants and transmission lines to serve their own service territories. The current deregulated industry has become a competitive regional market, with independent power plant developers and operators vying to sell power to supply the regional grid. The regional nature of the industry has changed the dynamics of where electricity is generated and how and where it is delivered. These changes have significant implications for impacts to Marylandís resources. Power plants and high voltage transmission lines in Maryland, like all industrial facilities across the United States, affect the environment in various ways. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Power Plant Research Program (PPRP) has been investigating how these facilities impact Marylandís air, water, land, socioeconomic and cultural resources, and proposing methods to minimize and mitigate these impacts.

The following page presents the CEIR Table of Contents, from which the reader can download various sections as pdf files.

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 Jan 26, 2012 .