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Lead Poisoning in Md.Drops to Lowest Recorded Levels PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:49

Governor Larry Hogan proclaims Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in Maryland

BALTIMORE (Oct. 25, 2017) – Childhood lead poisoning cases in Maryland decreased last year to the lowest levels since data has been collected in connection with the state’s 1994 lead law, according to a 2016 Childhood Blood Lead Surveillance report released today by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). Additionally, blood lead testing rates increased across Maryland in the first year of the state’s initiative to test all children at ages 1 and 2. MDE continues to work with the Department of Health (Health) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), as well as local partners, to prevent childhood lead poisoning in Maryland.

For the first time, the report ...

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Governor Larry Hogan Announces State Lawsuit Against EPA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 14:01
BALTIMORE (Sept. 27, 2017) – Governor Larry Hogan today directed Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh to file suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its failure to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to reduce pollution that significantly affects the quality of the air that Marylanders breathe.
 
The petition, filed in November 2016 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) under Section 126 of the federal Clean Air Act, requests the EPA to require certain power plant units in the upwind states to run their air pollution controls to reduce emissions. The EPA’s approval of the petition is critical to protecting the health of Marylanders and is important to a healthy Maryland economy. Ground-level ...
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Major Environmental Groups Urge MDE to Investigate Full Risks of Pipeline PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Denise Robbins   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:05

Alarmed with the Potential Detriment to the Environment, Coalition Calls for Assessment, Rejection of TransCanada’s Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project  

Baltimore, MD — On Tuesday August 8, a letter signed by 18 state and local environmental organizations was delivered to Secretary Ben Grumbles of the Maryland Department of the Environment. The signatories demand that MDE use its authority to conduct a thorough evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of TransCanada’s proposed Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project pipeline. The letter suggests that once MDE diligently carries out its obligation to Marylanders to examine the full impacts, the agency will see no other option than to reject the proposed pipeline project. The letter asserts that MDE will ...

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“Kayaktivists” to Call On Gov. Hogan To Reject TransCanada Fracked-Gas Pipeline in Protest on the Po PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Denise Robbins   
Friday, 28 July 2017 08:41

*Original date of 7/28 changed due to weather.

 

SHARPSBURG, MD — On Friday, August 11 at 1:00 pm, dozens of activists — many in kayaks — will span the Potomac River in a powerful showing of opposition to TransCanada’s proposed pipeline under the Potomac. The activists will paddle down the Potomac with large protest banners, drawing attention to the treasured river through which the pipeline is proposed to be constructed and calling on Governor Larry Hogan to reject the project.

 

The kayaktivist action will be the latest stage in a months-long rolling encampment titled “Standing Rock to Hancock: Camp Out to Stop the Potomac Pipeline,” which is taking place throughout the summer with camp-outs along the C&O canal near Hancock, Maryland. ...

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Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water and the Chesapeake Bay PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Thursday, 06 July 2017 08:03

Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water  and the Chesapeake Bay

Grants will reduce pollution, improve drinking water  and wastewater infrastructure, save energy

BALTIMORE (July 5, 2017) – The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $92 million in grants today to reduce pollution, improve water quality and save energy and money. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

"These are smart investments to protect public health, prevent water pollution and save money and energy in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership as the new head of the six-state Chesapeake Bay Program and his ...

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