The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Polluters Avoid Laws

Apr 26, 2010

An April report says the state of Maryland is falling behind on enforcing its own water pollution regulations. The Center for Progressive Reform says funding has fallen by 25% since the year 2000, and the number of inspectors has fallen by a similar amount. With 1200 permits apiece to investigate, inspectors cannot possibly get to see most sites.

To make matters worse, the Maryland Department of the Environment pursued only 60% of the cases referred by inspectors.

In other words, even weak laws are not being enforced. Funds have been systematically cut under both a Republican and a Democratic administration.