Sparrow's Point

Steam or smoke riese from the vast Sparrow's Point Steel Mill.

Turners Station, where the steel mill Sparrow Point was located, was still a small community. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US needed steel and Sparrow’s point became the largest steel mill in the world. Black families from the South came up to Turner Station for employment. They took the jobs that women and white men did not want, including work in the boiler room, breathing in toxic coal dust and asbestos.

  • CBF & Waterkeeper Intend to Sue Over Toxic Pollution from Sparrows Point Steel Mill (Chesapeake Bay Foundation) 2011.
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper (Harborkeeper) announce that they have notified the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), and the current and former owners of the Sparrows Point steel plant of their intention to sue them in federal court to force a clean-up of pollution flowing from the plant site, to conduct an adequate assessment of risks to human health and the nearby ecology, and to address other violations of the law.

  • Government Needs to Assess Risk to Human Health from Steel Plant Pollution in Bear Creek (Chesapeake Bay Foundation) 2011.
    The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), issued a statement following the release of the Maryland Port Administration report detailing risks to human and ecological health at the Sparrows Point steel plant.

  • Port Study Finds Health Risks Near Sparrows Point (The Baltimore Sun) 2011.
    A new environmental study has found people and wildlife face higher-than-normal health risks from long-term exposure to toxic contaminants in the Patapsco River near Sparrows Point, the legacy of pollution from more than a century of steel-making on the outskirts of Baltimore's harbor.

  • Sparrows Point Admits Toxic Chemicals Have Been Leaking Into Harbor For Years (The Baltimore Brew) 2009.
    Dangerously high levels of benzene and naphthalene, both carcinogens, have been leaking into Baltimore harbor for the last eight years from an abandoned facility at the Sparrows Point steel mill, according to reports by the mill’s own environmental consultant. These reports were found in records examined by The Baltimore Brew under the Maryland Public Information Act.

  • Sparrows Point Cleanup Begins (The Baltimore Sun) 2010.
    This is what progress looks like in cleaning up one of the most polluted industrial sites in the Chesapeake Bay region: A lone pump labors in a rubble-strewn field at Sparrows Point, making soft gasping noises as it siphons a thin stream of oily waste from underground.

  • Sparrows Point Steel Mill Pollution Suit Filed (The Baltimore Sun) 2010.
    A pair of environmental groups and several Dundalk-area residents filed suit Friday against present and former owners of the Sparrows Point steel mill, accusing them of polluting nearby waterways that feed into the Chesapeake Bay and threatening the health of people in neighboring communities.

  • Court limits Sparrows Point pollution liability (The Baltimore Sun) 2011.
    In a ruling that's left Dundalk-area residents shaking their heads, a federal court has declared that recent owners of the century-old steel-making complex at Sparrows Point can't be made to clean up past contamination of surrounding waters.

  • The "poison pill" for Global Warming bill (The Baltimore Sun) 2008.
    Will climate change legislation in Maryland turn out to be the Global Warming Solutions Act?  Or the Global Warming Discussion Act?