Volume III, Number 10
eMDE is a bi-monthly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state.
The Maryland General Assembly Session passed several bills to protect the environment and public health that were priorities for the Department of the Environment and that now go to Governor O’Malley’s desk for his signature. The bills include ground breaking legislation committing Maryland to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, making Maryland one of a handful of states in the country to take such action. Other legislation will fund improved regulation of coal combustion byproducts (or coal ash), require proposed safe, beneficial uses for coal combustion byproducts, reduce nitrogen pollution from septic systems in the Critical Areas, recycle mercury switches in vehicles, and give counties the right to recover environmental cleanup and monitoring costs.
Priority legislation for MDE this session included the following:
Click here to read about the O'Malley/Brown's legislative accomplishments to put Maryland families first.
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