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Carroll County Times: ‘The kids are so creative’: Carroll County high school students show art made with recycled materials at state contest

For some Carroll County high school students, one person’s junk can be part of an art student’s sculpture. Several county students created sculptures made from recycled materials and competed against exhibits made by students across the state at the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore on Friday morning. ...Read More

Bay Journal: New ‘forever chemical’ guidelines challenge Chesapeake Bay states

States across the nation will need to do more to protect the public from toxic “forever chemicals” in drinking water. How much and how soon remain up in the air. In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new lifetime health advisories for four per– and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, indicating ...Read More

WJZ-TV: Maryland Officials Look To Reduce Use Of Salt On Roads

It’s a delicate balance of safety and environmental awareness—treating the roads with enough ice-melting salt to make sure they’re safe to drive, while minimizing the impact on our environment. Too much salt can be detrimental to our waterways. It can damage vegetation and marine life and even contaminate drinking ...Read More

WFMD: MDOT SHA Receives Praise For Reducing Its Use Of Salt To Clear Snow & Ice-Covered Roads

Salt has been used for many years to remove snow and ice from roads during winter storms. But it can also be harmful to waterways. That’s according to the Maryland Department of the Environment. Secretary Ben Grumbles says salt can also threaten aquatic life. He’s praising the Maryland Department ...Read More

Capital News Service: In move to electric vehicles, Maryland is doing better than most states

The future of the American automobile industry is electric, President Joe Biden said in an August executive order, pledging to make half of all new cars and trucks sold in 2030 zero-emission vehicles. But weaning the nation off of gas-fueled vehicles might be easier said than done, although Maryland ...Read More

WJZ-TV: Maryland Zoo Replaces Diesel-Powered Shuttles With All-Electric Fleet

WJZ-TV: Maryland Zoo Replaces Diesel-Powered Shuttles With All-Electric Fleet Stop by the Maryland Zoo sometime soon and you’ll notice a new fleet of shuttles is now available to cart visitors around the park. The zoo announced this week it has replaced its diesel-powered shuttles with three all-electric vehicles, a ...Read More

Hagerstown Herald-Mail: MD environment secretary emphasizes state’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plan

In the wake of President Joe Biden announcing his commitment to cut national fossil fuel emissions up to 52% by 2030, Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles emphasized Maryland’s already ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gases. Grumbles said in a phone interview on Thursday — Earth Day — that Maryland’s ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Polluting paper mill in Allegany County must pay Maryland $650K, commit to cleanup, settlement says

A paper mill in Allegany County that regulators say is polluting the North Branch of the Potomac River will be required to pay more than $650,000 in fines after reaching a settlement with the state, officials said. Read more

WBAL-TV: MDE testing wastewater to help prevent COVID-19 outbreaks

The Maryland Department of the Environment is using a unique way to help prevent future outbreaks of the coronavirus. Go to story

WYPR: The Fight Against COVID Goes To The Sewers

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is pulling together a new statewide initiative to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks in public housing facilities: sampling and testing wastewater for the virus. Go to story