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 …


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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 …

Intentional balloon releases banned in Maryland as of October 1

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of the Environment and Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Friday reminded Maryland residents that a new state law prohibiting intentional balloon releases goes into effect on October 1st. The new Maryland law bans the releasing of balloons that, upon landing, create litter and threaten the health and safety of animals on the land in the …

Heat index of 105, isolated storms possible on Thursday

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Thursday will be oppressively hot and humid with the chance for isolated storms in the Nottingham area. The National Weather Service says a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging wind gusts is possible on Thursday afternoon and evening. Isolated severe thunderstorms or instances of flash flooding are possible during the afternoon and evening hours on Friday and into early …

Governor Hogan announces $3.7 million for electric vehicle charging stations

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that $3.7 million in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is being awarded to 37 sites using funds from Maryland’s settlement with Volkswagen for air pollution violations. “For more than six years now, Maryland has been setting an example for the nation of strong environmental leadership,” said Governor Hogan. “This is another important step …