Lead poisoning cases drop, many cases linked to properties not previously covered by Maryland law

Department of Environment releases 2012 Childhood Lead Registry report; continued reduction in cases shows impact of Maryland’s 1994 law; legislation addresses cases in newer rental units and owner-occupied housing   BALTIMORE, MD (September 24, 2013) – Childhood lead poisoning in Maryland continued to decrease last year, but a significant number of ...Read More

EPA encourages homeowners to care for their septic systems during SepticSmart Week

WASHINGTON – Proper septic system care and maintenance is vital to protecting public health and preserving valuable water resources. During the first-ever SepticSmart Week, September 23-27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging homeowners to take action to ensure their septic systems are functioning properly. Nearly one quarter of ...Read More

Governor O’Malley statement on Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a carbon pollution standard for new power plants

ANNAPOLIS, MD  – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of a carbon pollution standard for new power plants: “We in Maryland commend President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency for taking this important step forward to limit carbon pollution from future ...Read More

MDE joins in Day to Serve cleanups

Day to Serve is a collaboration between the governors of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the mayor of Washington, D.C., that invites all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to work together to feed the hungry and heal the planet. MDE employees participated in cleanups at Jenkins Senior ...Read More

New Bay 101 video looks at air pollution and water quality

    Check out this new video in the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay 101 series. In it, MDE’s Randy Mosier explains that air pollution doesn’t just cloud the air we breathe. Airborne pollutants can also harm our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, by fueling the growth of harmful algae ...Read More

FNP editorial urges residents to Scoop the Poop

Frederick News-Post editorial: “Unscooped dog poop is a huge, easily preventable assault on people and the environment, so scoop the poop. Your neighbors and Mother Nature are counting on you to answer when doody calls.” Take the Scoop the Poop pledge.

MDE reminds dog owners to “Scoop the Poop” every stinkin’ time

Pet Waste is Responsible for 24 Percent of Bacteria in Urban and Suburban Waterways  (Baltimore, MD) August 27, 2013 – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers encouraged pet owners to “scoop the poop,” during an event held today at Patterson Park in Baltimore City. An estimated 1.3 million dogs ...Read More

Department of Environment issues enforcement actions

Agency Seeks Penalites, Corrective Actions for Alleged Violations of Land, Air and Water Regulations  BALTIMORE, MD (August 15, 2013) – The Maryland Department of the Environment today announced major enforcement actions in recent months for alleged violations of State and federal environmental laws to protect public health and our land, ...Read More

Governor Martin O’Malley hosts Maryland Climate Change Summit, releases final Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan

Participants discuss actions Maryland is taking to address the impacts of climate change  BALTIMORE, MD (July 25, 2013) – Governor Martin O’Malley hosted hundreds of scientists, business leaders, environmental advocates and community activists today at a climate change summit to celebrate the release of Maryland’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan ...Read More

Department of the Environment reminds residents to take steps in response to air quality alerts

Hottest weather of the year brings “Code Orange” forecast to most of Maryland  BALTIMORE, MD (July 17, 2013) – With some of the hottest weather of the summer increasing the potential for bad air quality, the Maryland Department of the Environment reminds residents to take steps to protect their health ...Read More
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