An investigative series on pollution caused by a compost treatment plant
This series of 10 investigative reports exposed the practices of New Earth Services, a privately owned company that was supposed to reduce pollution by composting chicken and crab waste products. The series detailed how the company used illegal holding ponds and how the state of Maryland helped to fund New Earth Services with revenue intended for small businesses improving the environment. Reporter John Sherman also proved that Maryland’s local and state regulators had failed to monitor the site, which was sending large amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, ammonia and bacteria into local water supplies and the Chesapeake Bay. The reports led to the closing of the plant and a moratorium on new composting businesses in the country.
John Sherman, reporter; Beau Kershaw, photographer and producer; Tim Tunison, assistant news director; Michelle Butt, news director; Jordan Wertlieb, general manager.