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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 3

June-July 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

Governor Announces New Wastewater Plant Permitting Strategy

Maryland, EPA and other states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed have adopted an aggressive new permitting strategy for wastewater treatment plants for Maryland's 66 major wastewater treatment plants in the Bay watershed.

Bay Restoration Fund, State Grants, Loans Will Upgrade Indian Head Facility

MDE Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick, Indian Head Mayor Dennis Scheessele, state and local elected officials signed a cooperative agreement to upgrade the municipality's wastewater treatment plant with the most appropriate and cost effective technology to reduce nutrient pollution.

Maryland Receives Grant to Protect Beach Health

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency presented Maryland with a $272,860 grant May 26 to help protect health at Maryland beaches. The grant comes under the BEACH (Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health) Act of 2000.

Healthy Fish Consumption

Majority of local Baltimore Harbor area recreational fishermen are highly aware of existing fish consumption guidelines due to successful outreach efforts.

Emission-Free Cars are Here! The Buzz on Hydro Gen 3

The day has arrived when road vehicles do not emit harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. The new Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV,) recently seen in Baltimore, at MDE's Headquarters in Montgomery Park Business Center, uses hydrogen as fuel instead of gasoline -- and the only emission byproduct is water.

College, Groups Host Car Care Clinic

AAA, in cooperation with the Community Colleges of Baltimore County, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council offered a free Clean Car Clinic June 4 at the college's Catonsville campus.

Cooperative Effort Leads to Susquehanna Shad Release

Three Maryland Cabinet Secretaries, elected officials, university researchers and corporate supporters promote the Shad School: Connecting Students and Shad program, which educates teachers and students about the importance of restoring American shad and other migratory species. 

Businesses for the Bay Seek Nominees

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program and the Maryland Department of the Environment are seeking businesses that have voluntarily implemented pollution prevention projects to receive the 2005 Businesses for the Bay Excellence Award.

Limited Openings Available for Environmental Management System (EMS) Program Starting September 2005

MDE and the Maryland Technology Extension Service, supported by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant, have been assisting Maryland manufacturers through workshops and on-site technical assistance in implementing environmental management systems (EMS) based on the ISO 14001 global standard. An EMS group is forming now and will start in September 2005.

Standard Permit Application Turnaround Times at MDE

As required by Section 1-607(A)(2) of the Environment Article, MDE has established, in consultation with interested parties, standard turnaround times for all types of permit applications.

Queen Anne’s Co. School, Environmental Educator Win 29th Annual Tawes Awards

An Eastern Shore elementary school ecology class and an alternative learning educator from Baltimore County shared top honors at the 29th annual Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment, presented recently in the Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.

:: 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 May 15, 2005 - June 15, 2005.

:: For the Record

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



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Maryland Department of the Environment
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