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Maryland State Government Maryland Department of the Environment

Maryland Military Installations

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) maintains a strong working relationship with Department of Defense(DoD)/Joint Services regarding environmental matters of concern to the State and Maryland military communities.  As a member of the Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC) chaired by Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), MDE actively engages with the State’s seven Military Alliances on a regular basis.  In addition, MDE works closely with installations under specific agreements that foster Joint Service contributions to top State environmental priorities.  One such priority is Chesapeake Bay Restoration in which the Services are playing an important role along with their local ‘host’ jurisdictions.  At the federal level, strong support for these activities stems from the Chesapeake Bay Presidential Executive Order #13508. Installations are playing a key role in helping the State reach its Bay Watershed Implementation Plan goals. 

Another federal directive is driving military contributions to national and State climate change initiatives including greenhouse gas reduction. The White House’s Council on Environmental Quality released Guidance for Federal Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Inventories as part of President Obama’s Executive Order 13514. The order establishes a federal government-wide target of a 28 percent reduction by 2020 in direct greenhouse gas emissions such as those from fuels and building energy use and a target of 13 percent reduction by 2020 in indirect GHG emissions, such as those from employee commuting and landfill waste.  In Maryland, the Services are making a “lead-by-example” contribution to the State’s program as noted in the appendix to Maryland’s Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (December 31, 2011).

Finally, MDE continues to regulate Maryland installations under its array of existing laws, rules and policies that address potential environmental impacts associated with military activity.  To help Maryland installations understand and keep pace with state regulatory requirements as well as to encourage voluntary pollution prevention efforts, MDE meets regularly with environmental managers from DoD/Services under an intergovernmental partnership agreement that was executed in 2002.   

Below is a map of Maryland’s major installations.  Those that were significant ‘receivers’ in the last round of federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) are shown in red.  With state-level 2005 BRAC work having concluded as of June 30, 2012, MDE will continue to work with sister agencies in its role on the Governor’s Smart Growth Subcabinet to address matters of concern to military communities impacted by BRAC and other defense-related growth decisions.  BRAC-stimulated growth is expected to impact Maryland for several years in the future.  Through its efforts involving MMIC, the Smart Growth Subcabinet, existing partnership agreements and state authority, MDE strives to work with the Joint Services to protect Maryland’s environment in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

 

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