BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland agency has rejected two proposed solar energy projects in Charles County.

The Maryland Department of the Environment said Wednesday that officials have denied a wetlands and waterways application for the proposed Shugart Valley solar project.

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The agency also determined that the proposed Ripley Road solar project didn’t satisfy water-quality conditions in the certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the Public Service Commission.

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Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says while the state supports increased renewable energy sources, these two proposed projects would harm a nearby stream in Charles County and threaten restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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