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List of State Officials - Robert (Bob) L. Ehrlich Jr, Governor; Michael S. Steele, Lt. Governor; Kendl P. Philbrick, MDE Secretary 

Volume I, Number 2

April-May 2005

eMDE is a monthly publication of the Maryland Department of the Environment. It covers articles on current environmental issues and events in the state. Additional monthly features include: MDE public meetings and hearings schedule, enforcement and compliance notes, and permitting activity.​​

:: Featured Articles

Maryland Department of the Environment and Partners Promote Clean Air Activities

Every May the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) begins issuing air quality forecasts and health advisories. This year MDE initiated an extended range air quality forecast that provides the public and business community advanced notice of air quality events when the air could be deemed unhealthy for a number of consecutive days. This advance notice will allow the public to limit their exposure to unhealthy air and enact a plan to reduce pollution at home and at work.

Legislative Session Made Some Environmental Points 

Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., recently touted his Administration's achievements during the legislation session that concluded April 22. The majority of the Governor's legislative package, including some key environmental provisions, has been signed into law, and the vast majority of the Governor's budget priorities won bipartisan support in the legislature.

Agency Gives Environmental Justice Update, Plans Expansion EBDs

The Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) environmental justice efforts are progressing and focused on reaching further into communities across the state.

Businesses for the Bay Member Spotlight

Smithfield Foods, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of pork products. In 2003, the company set a corporate-wide goal of registering all its facilities to the global ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS).

Governor Ehrlich Celebrates Earth Day With Environmental Education Demonstrations, Waterway Improvement Funding

Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. marked 2005's Earth Day (April 22) by announcing $2.26 million in funding for improvements to Annapolis City Dock and the Cambridge Municipal Boat Basin.

Shipley's Choice Elementary School Students Dedicate Bog

Students, parents and administrators of Shipley's Choice Elementary School dedicated the school's bog on April 29. Created by students with help from the Maryland Department of the Environment and Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center, the environmental education program of the Anne Arundel County's Public School system, the bog is the result of a Green School project with the aim of becoming a learning classroom on school property.

Secretary, Attorney General Educate Children on Environmental Crimes

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick and Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. enlists future generations in the on-going fight against environmental crimes.

New Chesapeake Bay Safety and Environmental Hotline (1-877-224-R-BAY)

On Earth Day (April 22, 2005), Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., announced the Chesapeake Bay Safety and Environmental Hotline, a new toll-free phone number for citizens to call to report a problem on state waters. One phone call will now direct citizens to the appropriate agency to make a report 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

:: Enforcement and Compliance Notes

This section provides a monthly report on the State's environmental enforcement and compliance activities. This issue covers the period between March 15, 2005 and April 15, 2005.

:: For the Record

This section provides a partial list by county of applications received by MDE and other permitting activity between March 15, 2005 and April 15, 2005.



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