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Bay Journal: From Annapolis to Rio: A bay-to-bay visit

The Bay Journal provides an insightful report on a Maryland delegation — led by Governor O’Malley and including Secretary Summers — that shared the experiences gained in the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort with Brazilians faced with a polluted bay of their own. To read the entire article please click ...Read More

Frederick News-Post: Wind-borne pollution

Up to 70 percent of Maryland’s air pollution is from smog generated by coal-burning power plants, vehicles and industries carried on westerly winds from the Ohio River Valley along the I-95 corridor. No matter what the Old Line State does to clean up its homegrown air contamination, this blowback ...Read More

Cecil Daily: Maryland needs to be a leader in Bay’s restoration

In a Letter to the Editor, Secretary Robert M. Summers explains that while each Chesapeake Bay Watershed state has played a role in the deterioration of the Bay, “Maryland is also a major contributor of pollution to the Bay and it would be irresponsible of us to blame others ...Read More

Washington Post: Northeastern states will press Midwest, Appalachia on clean air

Governors of eight Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states will announce on Monday a push to force Midwestern and Appalachian states to cut air pollution they say is causing their citizens respiratory diseases and public health problems. The governors will petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require nine states — ...Read More

Delaware Online: Cap-and-trade program state urge wider adoption of model

The nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative states have signed onto a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encouraging other states to use them as a model to fulfill the agency’s new, more stringent air quality requirements. The RGGI program caps emissions by power plants in the participating states, ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Ellicott City church becomes first to sign stormwater fee waiver agreement

The flexibility granted to local jurisdictions in implementing stormwater management fees includes deciding how credits toward on-site practices can be used to reduce the fee for a particular property. The Baltimore Sun describes how a Howard County church has agreed to install stormwater management improvements in exchange for a fee waiver. 

WBAL-TV: Sewage plant socked by Sandy getting generator power: Superstorm Sandy caused sewage to overflow into river

SAVAGE, Md. —Howard County unveiled on Monday its plans to provide backup power at a sewage treatment plant that fell victim to significant flooding during Superstorm Sandy a year ago. Shortly after Superstorm Sandy hit Maryland and knocked out power to the Little Patuxent Sewage Treatment Plant for over ...Read More

Baltimore Sun: Maryland, other states vow to boost plug-in car sales

Maryland, other states vow to boost plug-in car sales Officials eye tax credits, expanding charging station network By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun 11:26 AM EDT, October 24, 2013 Aiming to boost the fledgling market for plug-in vehicles, Maryland joined seven other states in pledging to use their ...Read More

SHA planting trees to help Reclaim the Bay

The Carroll County Times describes how Reclaim the Bay partner the Maryland State Highway Administration will be planting tens of thousands of trees in Carroll, Frederick and Howard counties. All of us who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are linked to the Bay by many pathways. Whether we ...Read More

U.N. climate panel endorses ceiling on global emissions

The New York Times reports that the world’s top climate scientists have formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first time, “establishing a target level at which humanity must stop spewing them into the atmosphere or face irreversible and potentially catastrophic climatic changes.” The paper reported ...Read More