Baltimore City Consent Decree Information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Maryland Department of the Environment recently announced a proposed modification to a 2002 federal consent decree with the City of Baltimore to eliminate overflows from the sanitary sewer system known as SSOs. The proposed modification establishes additional control measures, and provides transparency to the public, as well as a new timeline to address the SSOs.

The proposed modification will be open for public comment and requires court approval since it changes the terms and schedule of the original 2002 consent decree. The public will have a 60 day period to provide comments on the consent decree modification. All comments will be considered before the modification can be finalized by the court.


Public Information Session

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will be hosting a public information session at 7 p.m. on June 7 at the MDE office located at: 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230

 Contact Information

Comments can be submitted by email to or by mail to:

Attorney General
P.O. Box 7611
Washington, D.C. 20044-7611