Conowingo Dam Agreement

“Exelon Generation and the State of Maryland are committed to the health of the Chesapeake Bay, which has been strengthened by this agreement,” said Chris Crane, Exelon`s president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “This is a victory for clean energy and the long-term preservation of the Chesapeake Bay.” The historic Conowingo Dam Agreement is an asset to the environment, the economy, the state of Maryland and the entire region Chesapeake Grumbles Bay, under which the agreement covers $250,000 per year to monitor the penetration of materials behind the dam and provides information that could best dispel fears about sediment pollution and nitrogen on the downstream water route. “This agreement represents a bold line for clean water and climate resilience in the Susquehanna River and Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Environment Minister Ben Grumbles. “Exelon`s overall and enforceable commitment is part of Maryland`s overall strategy to improve water quality and accelerate the recovery of the Chesapeake Bay.” Exelon Generation Company, LLC (“Exelon”) and the State of Maryland recently entered into a multi-million euro settlement agreement to resolve disputes between the federal government and the federal states, as well as two administrative complaints arising from the state`s water quality certification for the Conowingo Hydroelectric Project. Water quality certification (“Certification”) was one of the last highlights of the process of re-building the Conowingo project, initiated by Exelon more than a decade ago. Exelon was required to apply for Section 401 certification of the Clean Water Act from the states bordering the project, where its activity may lead to a “spill” into the state`s waters. The purpose of this provision in the Clean Water Act is to ensure that the operation of the project or any activity granted by the Federal Government does not affect the state`s water quality. Maryland issued the certification on April 27, 2018. The main problem that Exelon challenged was, among other things, the requirement in certification that the company assume responsibility for the effects of downstream water quality resulting from nutrients and sediments released by the Conowingo Dam under certain environmental conditions. While groups such as Waterkeepers Chesapeake, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Nature Conservancy have been formally involved in the process of renewing the dam`s authorization, they are not a party to the colony, Nicholas said. Nor do they have the authority to ensure that Exelon`s money for various programs is spent on these initiatives; The agreement asks the company to deposit the money in the state`s Clean Water Fund, a pot of money the state uses for environmental projects around Maryland.