Harbor Point Hits Setback

Nov 1, 2013

Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

State and federal environmental officials have dealt the controversial Harbor Point project a setback, rejecting plans for monitoring the environmental safeguards in place at the former chromium plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment sent letters to Beatty Development, the project managers, Thursday expressing concerns about air monitoring in the area of the site.

The EPA complained in their letter that the monitoring stations were placed improperly and that Beatty proposed using potentially obsolete equipment.  Federal officials said that off-site monitoring stations at the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center were placed in areas where sample readings were inaccurate.

Environmental advocates and some Fells Point residents have worried about being exposed to the chromium buried at the site after the 1985 closure of the former Allied Chemical plant.

Beatty has 30 days to respond to requested changes.

A community meeting to discuss the environmental safeguards at the site is scheduled at 7 p.m. November 14 at the Morgan Stanley Building, 1300 Thames St.

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