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Volume IV, Number 7

November 2010

eMDE is a quarterly 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

Maryland Childhood Lead Poisoning Cases Decrease 

Last year, more Maryland children were tested for lead poisoning and fewer were poisoned by lead than in any year since figures have been collected. Results from MDE’s annual statewide Childhood Lead Registry show the percentage of tested children with elevated blood levels dropped to one half of one percent statewide. This is a 97 percent decrease in the percentage of children reported to have blood poisoning since 1993, the year before Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing Law went into effect. More >

MDE Initiative Leads to Record Number of Enforcement Actions

In the spring of 2007, the Maryland Department of the Environment set a goal to establish a consistent baseline of enforcement to protect the environment and ensure public health. Since then, the number of enforcement actions taken by the agency has risen annually -- culminating in a record number of actions in the most recent year. More >

High School Students Monitor Water Quality with MDE

Students from Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore joined Maryland Department of the Environment scientists Sept. 22 at the Inner Harbor to mark World Water Monitoring Day. Deputy Secretary Robert Summers talked to the students about the importance of protecting water resources. The students then boarded MDE boats to test the water for temperature, pH, clarity, and dissolved oxygen. More >

MDE Helps to Ensure Safe Collection of Excess H1N1 (Swine) Flu Vaccine

With the H1N1(swine) flu pandemic declared over, the Maryland Department of the Environment is helping to ensure the safe collection of excess vaccine for disposal. The United States public health emergency for the 2009 H1N1 flu expired in June, and, in August, the World Health Organization declared an end to the pandemic globally. More >

Maryland Military Installations Help Restore the Bay 

Governor Martin O’Malley, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced on August 25 that the Department of Defense will participate in watershed implementation plans for Maryland’s military acreage. As a result, Maryland’s military installations are expected to become key players in helping to restore the Chesapeake Bay. More >

MDE Works with Paper Mill to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Energy Costs

A paper mill in Western Maryland is planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a site-specific climate action plan. NewPage’s paper mill in the Luke area of Allegany County participates in the Maryland CO2 Budget Trading Program, as part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). More >

Maryland Green Registry is MVP

The Maryland Green Registry, a Smart, Green & Growing program, has won a national award for preventing pollution by helping businesses and other organizations adopt environmentally sustainable practices. More >

MDE Permits Regulate Sediment Runoff from Construction Activity 

Controlling the discharge of sediments from active construction sites is an important regulatory program to prevent pollution of the Chesapeake Bay. Before a construction project that will disturb an acre or more of land can begin, the builder must obtain a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment. More >

Bowen named MDE Employee of the Year

Jack Bowen has worked for more than three decades to protect the environment, and now he is the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Employee of the Year.
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EMECS: Environmental Management for Enclosed Coastal Seas Comes to Maryland

The EMECS 9 - Managing for Results in our Coastal Seas conference willbe held August 28-31, 2011, in Baltimore. Abstracts are due January 14, 2011. More >


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