Health, Politics

Board of Public Works approves $3 million in grants for clean water, Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved nearly $3 million in grants to reduce pollution and improve water quality. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Dereck E. Davis and Comptroller Peter Franchot. “These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay,” said Maryland Environment Secretary …


Politics, Sci-Tech

Olszewski announces new Baltimore County residential bulk trash collection program

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Friday announced that, in 2022, Baltimore County will bring back residential bulk trash collection for the first time since 1992. The new program will give residents two opportunities to set out bulk items for collection next year. “Baltimore County spoke, and we listened. For the first time in nearly 30 years, residents will enjoy …


Baltimore County separate yard materials collection ending for 2021

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Department Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) officials this week announced that the separate collection of yard materials for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules will halt in December, and will resume in April 2022. The date of the last 2021 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular …

AG Frosh to Governor Hogan: Understaffing at state agency puts Maryland’s drinking water at risk

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan warning that he believes the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) Water Supply Program (WSP) is dramatically understaffed – potentially risking the safety of Maryland’s drinking water and the health and welfare of Marylanders. WSP’s mandate is to ensure that the State’s 3,300 public …

Hazmat crews respond after sewage line ruptures in Perry Hall

PERRY HALL, MD—Crews responded to a sewage leak in Perry Hall on Wednesday evening. The incident was reported at around 6 p.m. on Powder Farm Court (21128). The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company reports that the rupture occurred in a residential yard and that the line was leaking sewage into the woods. Crews from the Maryland Department of the Environment are evaluating …

Attorney General Frosh sues Monsanto for long-lasting harm from PCBs on Maryland’s natural resources

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for the harm that chemicals the company manufactured have caused, and continue to cause, to Maryland’s land, waters, fish, and wildlife. The lawsuit seeks to recover damages and clean-up costs associated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Filed in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, the suit alleges that …

State of Maryland joins national Better Climate Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Wednesday announced Maryland as the first state in the country to become a partner in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Climate Challenge. The “lead by example” partnership agreement, signed by Secretary Ben Grumbles of the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), commits the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in state government operations …

Baltimore County to test midge control treatment process on Back River

ESSEX, MD—The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is preparing to treat a small, targeted area of Back River next week as proof of concept that helicopter application is a feasible option for controlling nuisance midge populations. The department expects to spray a naturally-occurring bacterial larvacide from a low-flying helicopter during daylight hours on or about Tuesday, November …