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News Release | Environment Maryland

Maryland Charging Ahead toward Electric Cars & Trucks

Maryland joined 7 other states to unveil an action plan to put more than 3 million electric cars on the road within a dozen years.  This partnership between eight leading states outlines steps each will take to build the infrastructure and develop the markets for zero-emission vehicles; including passenger cars, trucks and transit buses.  These eight states are among the 10 states that have adopted strong policies to drive increasingly cleaner, advanced technology cars. Zero-emission vehicles include battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles which can travel increasingly longer distances on electricity alone. These technologies enable transportation without oil.

Travis Madsen, Global Warming Solutions Program Manager for Environment Maryland, issued the following statement applauding the plan:

“Governor Martin O’Malley and the leaders of the seven partner states deserve tremendous credit for taking this step to promote clean, electric cars that will reduce pollution and our dependence on oil.   Thanks to strong policies adopted by Maryland and others, there have been tremendous advances on electric cars, with more than 190,000 now on America’s roads.  The progress we’ve made so far should give us confidence that we can take electric cars to the next level. 

“By adopting consumer incentives and other key policies, the plan released today can help make electric cars as convenient, affordable and widespread as cars currently powered by oil. This is a crucial strategy to protect our children and future generations from the worst impacts of global warming – and it will help protect our health by cleaning up air pollution.

“We applaud the release of today’s Multi-State Action Plan and look forward to working with Governor O’Malley and climate leaders across the country to accelerate the transition to clean, electric vehicles.”

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News Release | Maryland Clean Agriculture Coalition

Court of Appeals Case Reveals Maryland's Agricultural Industry Secrecy and Threat to Open Government

(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.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Small Business Owners, Farmers, Elected Officials Support EPA Proposal to Protect the Chesapeake Bay

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.  

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News Release | Environment Maryland

EPA Proposes Biggest Step for Clean Water in a Decade

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.”

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Environmental Organizations Oppose Unprecedented Senate Budget Amendment to Delay Phosphorus Regulations

(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.

 

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