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Maryland’s Styrofoam ban set to take effect on October 1

BALTIMORE, MD—On October 1, Maryland will become the first state in the U.S. to ban the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS), commonly referred to as Styrofoam. During the2019 legislative session the Maryland General Assembly passed a new law banning the use of food service products (e.g., cups, plates, bowls, trays, etc.) composed of Styrofoam. The law states that on or …


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Md. Department of Environment helps convert motor fleets to cleaner fuels

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of the Environment announced on Monday that it has approved $2.1 million in funding for five private businesses to convert their motor fleets to cleaner alternative fuels as part of the settlement of the Volkswagen (VW) “defeat devices” case. Existing diesel powered vehicles will be replaced with new vehicles that use clean alternative fuels like electricity, …


Board of Public Works approves funding for clean water, Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved more than $16 million in grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality. The board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford chaired Wednesday’s meeting. “These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in …

Governor Hogan recognizes project to reduce pollution From Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, advance Chesapeake Bay restoration

ANNAPOLIS,MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday recognized the completion of a project to significantly reduce water pollution from one of the state’s largest wastewater treatment plants. Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles joined Baltimore City officials at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant to celebrate this achievement on Thursday morning. The completion of Enhanced Nutrient Removal facilities will bring the largest reductions of …

Governor Hogan announces agreement with Exelon on Conowingo Dam

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a comprehensive agreement between the Maryland Department of the Environment and Exelon Generation Company, LLC, which requires Exelon to invest more than $200 million in environmental projects and operational enhancements to improve water quality in the lower Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The agreement settles Exelon’s legal challenges to the water quality …

Maryland Department of the Environment releases draft plan to achieve climate goals

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of the Environment announced on Tuesday the release of a comprehensive, economy-wide plan to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. MDE says the new draft plan will set Maryland on an ambitious path and “serve as a model for how the nation can respond to climate change while also supporting economic growth.” The Greenhouse Gas Emissions …

Maryland submits Chesapeake Bay clean-up plan

BALTIMORE, MD – Maryland has developed a comprehensive plan for the next steps in continued progress in restoring the Chesapeake Bay. The Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan — submitted on Friday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — was developed to meet Maryland’s pollution reduction targets by 2025 as part of a multi-state bay restoration effort. Maryland developed the plan …