EJ Maryland Legislation

The Maryland General Assembly​ has passed several bills which strengthen environmental justice (EJ) efforts ​within the State.

​Environment ​- Permit Applications - Environmental Justice Screening (HB1200)​

  • ​Effective as of October 1, 2022, HB1200 requires permit applicants who are applying for a permit which requires public notice (§​ 1-601) to use a Maryland EJ Tool to develop an EJ Score.
  • MDE will review the EJ score which includes the facility's location and the EJ report. 
  • Defined an "EJ Score"
    • "Means an overall evaluation of an area's environment and existing environmental justice indicators, as defined by the Department in regulation, including:
      • ​pollution burden exposure;
      • pollution burden environmental effects;
      • sensitive populations; and
      • socioeconomic factors."
  • ​Defined EJ as "equal protection from environmental and public health hazards for all people regardless of race, income, culture, and social status."
  • Defined an underserved community as "any census tract in which, according to the most recent U.S. census bureau survey:
    • ​at least 25% of the residents qualify as low-income;
    • at least 50% of the resident identify as nonwhite; or
    • at least 15% of the residents have limited English proficiency."
  • ​​​Defined an overburdened community as "any census tract in which three or more of the following environmental health indicators are above the 75th percentile statewide:
    • ​​particulate matter (PM) 2.5;
    • ozone;
    • National Air Toxic Assessment (NATA) diesel PM;
    • NATA cancer risk
    • NATA respiratory hazard index;
    • traffic proximity;
    • lead paint indicator;
    • national priorities list of superfund site proximity
    • risk management plan facility proximity;
    • hazardous waste proximity;
    • wastewater discharge indicator;
    • proximity to a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO);
    • percent of the population lacking broadband coverage;
    • asthma emergency room discharges;
    • myocardial infarction discharges;
    • ​low-birth-weight infants;
    • proximity to emitting power plants;
    • proximity to a toxic release inventory (TRI) facility;
    • proximity to a brownfields site;
    • proximity to mining operations; and
    • proximity to a hazardous waste landfill."
  • MDE is required to consult with the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities (CEJSC)
    • to adopt a methodology for identifying communities disproportionately affected by climate impacts;
    • develop specific strategies to address geographical impact concerns;
    • reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions and build climate equity in disproportionately affected communities; and
    • establish goals for the percent of state funding for GHG reduction measures used for the benefit of disproportionately affected communities.

Department of the Environment - Supplemental Environmental Projects Database (SB0090)

  • MDE is required to maintain a database​ of Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) to be considered as part of a settlement of an enforcement​ action. 
    • ​MDE will solicit input from communities in the State that are overburdened, underserved, or otherwise disadvantaged by environmental stressors.
  • ​MDE will prioritize SEPs located in the same geographic area as the alleged violation. 

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