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Session Laws, 1987
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Ch. 306                           LAWS OF MARYLAND

(e) "Pollutant" means any wastes or wastewaters discharged
from any publicly owned treatment works or industrial source and
all other liquid, gaseous, solid or other substances which will
pollute any waters of the State.

[8-1402] 4-402.                      

Because the quality of the waters of this State is vital to
the public and private interests of its citizens and because
pollution constitutes a menace to public health and welfare,
creates public nuisances, is harmful to wildlife, fish and
aquatic life, and impairs domestic, agricultural, industrial,
recreational, and other legitimate beneficial uses of water, and
the problem of water pollution in this State is closely related
to the problem of water pollution in adjoining states, it is
State public policy to improve, conserve, and manage the quality
of the waters of the State and protect, maintain, and improve the
quality of water for public supplies, propagation of wildlife,
fish and aquatic life, and domestic, agricultural, industrial,
recreational, and other legitimate beneficial uses. Also, it is
State public policy to provide that no waste is discharged into
any waters of this State without first receiving necessary
treatment or other corrective action to protect the legitimate
beneficial uses of this State's waters, and to provide and
promote, through innovative and alternative methods of waste and
wastewater treatment, prevention, abatement, and control of new
or existing water pollution. The Department shall cooperate with
the agencies of other states and the federal government in
carrying out these objectives.

[8-1403] 4-403.

This subtitle may not be construed as repealing any State
law relating to water pollution or conservation. This subtitle is
supplementary to those laws, except to the extent that the
provisions are in direct conflict with one another. It is the
purpose of this subtitle to provide additional and cumulative
remedies to prevent, abate, and control the pollution of the
waters of the State. This subtitle may not be construed to
abridge or alter rights of action or remedies in equity under
existing common law, statutory law, criminal or civil, nor may
any provision of this subtitle, or any act done pursuant to it,
be construed as estopping any person, as riparian owner or
otherwise, in the exercise of his rights in equity, under the
common law, or statutory law to suppress nuisances or abate
pollution.

[8-1404] 4-404. Reserved.

[8-1405] 4-405.

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