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Volume IV, Number 2

December 2009

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. 

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Featured Articles

MDE Takes First Look at Marcellus Shale

Energy companies in search of natural gas are beginning to tap the Marcellus Shale, an underground rock formation that runs from New York to Tennessee. The Maryland Department of the Environment has received Maryland’s first proposals. More >

EPA Administrator Jackson Tours Recovery Act-Funded “Green Street”

On November 24, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and MDE Deputy Secretary Bob Summers joined federal, state, and local officials for the ground-breaking of Maryland’s ‘greenest’ street, a Recovery Act-funded project that’s transforming a Prince George’s County neighborhood and creating jobs. More >

Oil Change: Committee Formed to Plan for Fuel Spills Endures, Evolves

When Tropical Storm Isabel washed away hundreds of home heating oil tanks, a committee that includes fuel industry leaders, environmental consultants, and government regulators took a hard look at ways to prevent a repeat. When regulators deemed a Harford County service station a source of groundwater contamination, that same committee reviewed technology that could detect gasoline vapor releases through tiny holes in underground storage systems. More >

“Vehicle Miles Travelled” and Air Pollution in Maryland

Marylanders drove an average of 154 million miles a day last year. That’s the equivalent of more than 6,000 trips around the world – and the more we drive the more we pollute. More >

MDE Revamping Standards for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control

The Maryland Department of the Environment is undertaking a comprehensive review of the State's erosion and sediment control standards and has developed a first draft of revisions to the regulations. More >

New Technology at MDE Protects Public Health

The Maryland Department of the Environment has purchased state-of-the art equipment that allows the agency to more quickly assess public health threats associated with some algae blooms. More >

MDE Reviews Local Goverments’ Plans for Water Resources

The Maryland Department of the Environment is reviewing local governments’ plans for water supplies, wastewater, and stormwater. More >

EPA Honors Six Maryland Hospitals

Six Maryland Hospitals have received awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their environmental leadership and commitment to pollution prevention efforts. More >

Student Intern Helps Protect the Environment, Save Costs

A Rockville-based printing company is pursuing recommendations from a student intern to reduce its environmental impact – and save money. More >

First Lady Katie O’Malley Awards Grand Prize at Recycled Sculpture Contest

First Lady Katie O'Malley awarded prizes for a squid and seahorse, a trash truck, baskets, a tree, and a peacock – all made from reused materials – at the eighth annual "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment. More >

MDE and Students from Digital Harbor High School Participate in World Water Monitoring Day

As part of World Water Monitoring Day, students from Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore learned about water quality and assisted staff from MDE’s Water Quality Monitoring Team to measure water quality in the Inner Harbor. More >


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