The second article I looked at didn’t focus so much on the permit but more so on the issue holding up the permit and that is the health of the river near the dam. This article is about a study that was to be released saying that the Conowingo Dam is not a threat to the Chesapeake Bay. The study was conducted by; the US Army Corps of Engineers, United States Geological Survey, the Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
I don’t believe it to be fair to hold Exelon accountable for all the Susquehanna River’s water quality issues. I do think it is good and necessary that Exelon will actively look to improve the water but the river extends all the way north through Pennsylvania and New York. The main issues that arise with the water quality of the river are storm water and sediment runoff. There is little Exelon will be able to do about these issues because they do not make policies and the river is so extensively large. Exelon is the scapegoat of the situation with the river and the dam. I believe the blame is falsely put on them to shield the real issue at hand and that is runoff problems in multiple states because it’s a hard issue to tackle.