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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

Baltimore Sun – Grumbles: ‘Maryland is an environmental leader’

Under Gov. Larry Hogan’s leadership, Maryland is living up to its strong commitment to environmental protection and climate change progress — and to protecting the health of our citizens. To advance the fight for cleaner air, the Hogan administration adopted regulations to reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants — ...Read More

Bay Journal: Hogan urges U.S. Senate to reject curb on EPA role in Bay cleanup

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent a letter urging Senate leaders to oppose a House-passed measure that would strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of its power to act against any Bay watershed state that fails to meet its Chesapeake pollution reduction goals. Hogan — who chairs the Chesapeake Executive ...Read More

CNS: Students Turn Trash Into Artistic Treasure for Annual Competition

BALTIMORE, Maryland — Students at high schools across the state found new ways to turn trash into artistic treasures with their entries in the Maryland’s Department of the Environment’s 16th annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest… Read the entire article.

Baltimore Sun: Maryland, Northeast States Accelerate Carbon Pollution Reduction

Maryland and eight other states have finalized an agreement to enact new air pollution limits aimed at reducing global climate change. The states are part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, an effort to cap carbon dioxide pollution in the Northeast. The states had announced their intention to reduce ...Read More

Maryland Matters: Meet Gov. Hogan’s Ambassador to the Environmental World

It’s a rare day that Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles finds himself happy to be around garbage, but this was one of those days. The occasion was an annual recycled-art competition that MDE hosts at its headquarters in the historic and quirky Montgomery Park office building in South Baltimore. ...Read More

Carroll County Times: Student’s Recycled Sculpture Takes State Grand Prize

Putting in hours during art class and more on her own time, Century High School student Katelyn Schildt transformed a mannequin arm, plastic forks and spoons, broken jewelry and paint into a glittering celebration of love. Schildt was chosen as the grand prize winner out of 61 entries from ...Read More

WMDT: One Million Dollars Pegged for Princess Anne Wastewater Project

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – A project in Princess Anne to help its infrastructure and the environment has been approved for a $1 million grant. The Princess Anne Wastewater Treatment Plant energy project is part of the Department of Environment’s initiative focused on combining clean water and clean energy. The ...Read More

Capital Gazette: Our say – Gov. Larry Hogan, Attorney General Brian Frosh know where wind is blowing

In a perfect world, state officials wouldn’t have to go to court to make the federal government — specifically, the Environmental Protection Agency — enforce the law and get power plants in upwind states to control emissions. The EPA shouldn’t need such prompting. But this is a less-than-perfect world and Marylanders ...Read More