Over 1.5 million acres off the Atlantic coast have been designated for offshore wind power development, enough to produce over 16,000 megawatts of electricity and power more than five million homes, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center released in partnership with the Maryland Climate Coalition. “Catching the Wind: State Actions Needed to Seize the Golden Opportunity of Atlantic Offshore Wind Power” also contains a new analysis showing how the strong, consistent winds offshore can provide power to Maryland right when we need it most - bringing down energy costs and local pollution.
(Annapolis, MD) – A coalition of nonprofit organizations working to reduce pollution and increase transparency from the agricultural industry said they support arguments before the Maryland Court of Appeals today challenging a lower court decision that permanently prevents public access to agricultural pollution control information. The organizations also worry that the lower court’s broad ruling could threaten other citizen requests for public information, not related to agricultural pollution.
Baltimore, MD – Today, coming off the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, Environment Maryland stood with community leaders to release a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency signed by 72 small business owners. The letter expressed support for the EPA’s proposal to clarify Clean Water Act protection for many of Maryland’s waterways by closing loopholes in the Clean Water Act that currently leave 19% of Maryland’s streams and the drinking water for nearly 4 million Marylanders at risk of unchecked pollution.
Baltimore, MD - Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 59% of Maryland’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.
“With the drinking water for nearly 4 million Marylanders at risk, we’re thrilled to see the EPA moving forward to protect our waterways,” said Talya Tavor, Field Organizer of Environment Maryland, which has worked for more than a decade to restore Clean Water Act protections. “Today’s action is about securing that all our water is safe and healthy. Whether we’re crabbing on the Bay, fishing in our favorite stream, or just drinking the water that comes from our tap, we need Maryland’s waterways to be clean and protected.”
(Annapolis, MD) -- Environmental organizations are opposing a proposed amendment to the state’s budget that would prohibit the Maryland Department of Agriculture from continuing to develop regulations to reduce phosphorus pollution until the completion of an expansive economic study.
Advocates say passage of the amendment would set a dangerous precedent not only for this specific matter, but also for other future regulatory actions. The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee is set to vote on the proposed budget amendment this afternoon.