Posted on December 21, 2022
“Maryland leaders now have the opportunity to directly address the negative downstream impacts of the dam through a new license complete with a state water quality certification,” said Alison Prost, the bay foundation’s vice president of environmental protection and restoration.
Paul Adams, a spokesman for Constellation, said the company is still reviewing the court order, but it was surprised and disappointed in the decision.
“No one who cares about clean air and the health of the Chesapeake Bay should be cheering this decision, which potentially jeopardizes the state’s largest source of renewable energy and could disrupt up to $700 million that Constellation pledged for environmental programs, projects and other payments that directly benefit water quality, aquatic life and citizens living on and near the bay,” Adams said in a statement.
The $700 million in funding includes $225 million from a settlement agreement with the state, up to $300 million from a settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and about $175 million from FERC license requirements for recreational facilities and environmental requirements, Adams noted.