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Harbor Point Plan Clears A Hurdle

Elkus Manfredi Architects / courtesy of Beatty Development

Harbor Point, the proposed Baltimore headquarters of Exelon Corp, cleared a key hurdle Thursday with approval from environmental regulators.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent letters to project manager Beatty Development approving of the Detailed Development Plan (DDP.)  The plan was revised after regulators rejected the original plan in October.

Regulators rejected the original plan partly because proposals for monitoring the environmental safeguards were based on faulty data.  The revised proposal called for using air monitoring equipment recommended by the regulators,  and adopting their suggestions for placement of the devices.

As part of a consent decree from 1989, both state and federal regulators must approve development plans before the former Allied Chemical chromium plant can  be developed.

MDE said Beatty has yet to submit a final plan for air monitoring.  The agency says an air monitoring plan could be approved by early January.