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WJZ: Chesapeake Bay’s Health At Risk After Trump Issues Executive Order Relaxing Clean Water Rules

CONOWINGO, Md. (WJZ) — Before the Susquehanna River enters the Chesapeake Bay, the Conowingo Dam churns electric power from it. It’s the kind of energy that falls under federal regulations. With an executive order, President Trump is ordering states not to get in the way of energy infrastructure, by ...Read More

WBAL: State Officials Tout Progress In Reducing Road Salt Use

As Maryland deals with snow, all that road salt has to go somewhere. State environmental officials are working to mitigate the impact on rivers, streams and groundwater. Maryland Department of the Environment officials said Friday they’ve been working with state and local agencies on best practices for salt application, ...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.

Baltimore Sun: Maryland, eight other states and D.C. agree to work to curb transportation emissions

“Maryland has joined in forming a coalition of nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that plans to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from cars, trucks, buses and other transportation modes. The goal of the landmark agreement, announced Tuesday, is to create “a regional low-carbon ...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

Bay Journal: Maryland invites input on next phase of Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan

June workshops will be held across the state hear from citizens, local governments, organizations June 07, 2018 Earlier this week, officials with the state departments of the Environment and Agriculture briefed local officials, nonprofit leaders and others about the cleanup progress to date and the tough issues still to ...Read More

Bay Journal: Maryland orders Exelon to shoulder Conowingo pollution reductions

After years of study and haggling over how to deal with the impact of Conowingo Dam on the Chesapeake Bay, the Hogan administration has ordered the hydropower facility’s operator to reduce nutrient pollution passing through the dam on its way down the Susquehanna River — or pay up to ...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

Cumberland Times-News: Maryland Interactive Fish Consumption Advisory Map Available

BALTIMORE — If you are wondering if it is safe to eat a largemouth bass from the lake at Rocky Gap State Park or a perch from Deep Creek Lake, the Maryland Department of the Environment now offers an interactive map that provides modernized, user-friendly information about fish consumption ...Read More