Clean Air Archive

Maryland Departments of Environment, Education Announce Idle Free MD Program to Reduce School Bus Emissions

MEDIA CONTACTS: MDE: Mark Shaffer (410) 537-3003 mark.shaffer1@maryland.gov MSDE: Bill Reinhard (410) 767-0486 william.reinhard@maryland.gov   Maryland Departments of Environment, Education Announce Idle Free MD Program to Reduce School Bus Emissions   BALTIMORE, MD (February 7, 2019) – The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland State Department of Education ...Read More

Department of the Environment to Monitor Air Near Poultry Houses

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jay Apperson (410) 537-3003 jay.apperson@maryland.gov   Department of the Environment to Monitor Air Near Poultry Houses Maryland using science-based partnerships to answer questions about air quality near Eastern Shore poultry operations   BALTIMORE, MD (January 29, 2019) – The Maryland Department of the Environment will sample the air ...Read More

MDE Secretary Grumbles Announces Settlements with Fiat Chrysler and Bosch to Resolve Diesel Cheating Allegations

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jay Apperson (410) 537-3003 jay.apperson@maryland.gov   MDE Secretary Grumbles Announces Settlements with Fiat Chrysler and Bosch to Resolve Diesel Cheating Allegations Fiat must fix cars, pay consumers, pay substantial penalties; parts supplier Bosch pays for its role in VW and Fiat/Chrysler use of “defeat devices” that concealed ...Read More

Capital Gazette: Pasadena monitor finds low sulfur dioxide levels near Wagner plant

After the quality of the air they were breathing was cast into doubt by contradicting reports from federal and state scientists, Pasadena residents can breathe easy again… Read the entire article.

Maryland Dept. of the Environment announces draft spending plan for Volkswagen settlement funds

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jay Apperson (410) 537-3003 jay.apperson@maryland.gov Maryland Dept. of the Environment announces draft spending plan for Volkswagen settlement funds Maryland proposes to invest $75.7 million share of federal court settlement in Volkswagen “defeat devices” case in clean car technology; public comment period open, listening sessions to be announced ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Air quality study over Chesapeake Bay seeks to understand pollution

The sky above Hart-Miller Island became a busy laboratory for several weeks this summer as researchers launched balloons, drones and planes to better understand the complex swirl of air pollution over the Chesapeake Bay. State and federal agencies initiated a research study aimed at providing more detailed data on ...Read More

WBFF: “Breathe Easy” Campaign – What you can do to help Baltimore’s air quality

A group that educates the public about the risks of poor air quality, wants you to do some simple things to help keep Baltimore’s air clean. The effort is called the “Breathe Easy Campaign,” and it was launched by Clean Air Partners. Randy Mosier from the Maryland Department of ...Read More

Maryland Environment Secretary Grumbles statement on EPA’s proposed denial of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Clean Air Act petition

Maryland Environment Secretary Grumbles statement on EPA’s proposed denial of the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Clean Air Act petition BALTIMORE (June 1, 2018) – Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles issued the following statement in response to the U.S. EPA’s proposed denial of the department’s petition under Section 126 ...Read More

Associated Press: Maryland reaches $33.5 million settlement with Volkswagen

Maryland officials announced Wednesday that they had reached a multimillion-dollar settlement with Volkswagen AG and two of its affiliates for using devices in cars that violated the state’s environmental laws. The “defeat devices” installed in vehicles enabled them to pass emissions tests. But under actual driving conditions, vehicles with ...Read More

MDE Secretary Grumbles, Attorney General Frosh Announce $33.5 Million Settlement with Volkswagen

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jay Apperson (410) 537-3003 jay.apperson@maryland.gov MDE Secretary Grumbles, Attorney General Frosh Announce $33.5 Million Settlement with Volkswagen Resolves Litigation Stemming from the Auto Manufacturers’ Use of “Defeat Devices” that Concealed Illegal Amounts of Harmful Emissions BALTIMORE, MD (April 925, 2018) – Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles ...Read More
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