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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Md. finds pollution patrols lacking

By Washington Post editors

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler says his second audit of the Chesapeake Bay found state agencies don't have the resources they need.

Gansler says agencies don't have the resources to investigate and prosecute polluters, and when polluters are prosecuted penalties and fines are not strong enough to deter them.

The audit released on Thursday is based on visits to the St. Mary's, West and Rhode, Miles, and Lower Susquehanna rivers.

Gansler issued his first report on Earth Day 2009. It included the results of visits to the Chester, Pocomoke and Monocacy Rivers and Great Seneca Creek.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Tags:  Attorney General of Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, Doug Gansler, Earth Day  
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