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Volume IV, Number 3

February 2010

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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MDE Increases Enforcement Actions

For the second year in a row, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued more enforcement actions than in any previous year. More>

U.S. EPA Strengthens Smog Standard

In January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the strictest health standards to date for smog – a move that drew approval from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the 11 other Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states on the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC). More>

Governor Martin O'Malley Launches Genuine Progress Indicator

Governor Martin O’Malley has launched the Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), an innovative online tool that will allow policymakers and citizens to more accurately measure the State’s standard of living. More>

MDE Mourns the Death of Dr. M. Gordon “Reds” Wolman

MDE mourns the death of Dr. M. Gordon “Reds” Wolman who passed away on February 24, 2010. Dr. Wolman headed the Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State’s Water Resources that was staffed by MDE. More >

Maryland Exceeds Annual Goal to Recycle and Prevent Waste

By recycling and reducing waste, in 2008 Marylanders realized greenhouse gas savings equivalent to removing nearly 1.5 million passenger cars from the roadway. For the fourth straight year, Maryland’s waste diversion rate exceeded the State’s 40 percent voluntary goal. More>

Getting Results: Ramping Up the Chesapeake Bay TMDL

To achieve the collective vision for a restored Bay, President Obama issued the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Executive Order directing EPA to coordinate an intensified federal effort aimed at accomplishing the restoration. Each partner State and the District of Columbia must do its part in the most ambitious effort yet to save the Bay. More>

Maryland Waterways Reap Benefits of Technology

State-of-the-art technology is coming to sewage treatment plants across Maryland – and it’s already being put to use at facilities throughout Maryland to improve the quality of our waterways. More>

MDE Takes Steps to Promote Cleaner Burning of Wood for Home Heating

Maryland has adopted new regulations that establish improved operating and emission standards to promote the use of clean and efficient small wood boilers. More>

MDE issues Permit to Reduce Farm Pollution

On December 1, 2009, MDE issued the General Discharge Permit for Animal Feeding Operations. The CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation)/MAFO (Maryland Animal Feeding Operation) Permit brings the Maryland poultry industry under both Federal and State regulation. More>

Proposed Renewal of General NPDES Permit for Mineral Mines

The Maryland Department of the Environment is revising and reissuing the General Permit for Discharges from Mineral Mines, Quarries, Borrow Pits, and Concrete and Asphalt Plants. More

Nominate Your Environmental Champions for the 2010 Tawes, Coulter Awards

Marylanders are encouraged to nominate environmental champions for the 2010 Tawes Award for a Clean Environment and the James B. Coulter Award. The awards are co-sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Petroleum Council. More>

Meetings, Announcements, and Opportunities

Click here for the upcoming meetings, opportunities, and announcements from the Maryland Department of the Environment.


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Maryland Department of the Environment
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