Moved to address the continuing poisoning of Maryland children by the paint in their homes, Baltimore legislators plan to seek legislation aimed at holding manufacturers of the lead pigment once used in house paint liable for the lasting health damage caused by the products they sold decades ago.
In a bid to address Baltimore's chronic ills through the arts, Johns Hopkins University announced Monday it is starting a youth film-making program so urban teens and young adults can portray their community while gaining skills and experience that could land them jobs.
Maryland's rarely sung state song may be in for some tinkering. A state advisory group is calling for changing "Maryland, My Maryland" because it takes the Confederate side in the Civil War and bashes "northern scum."
With time running out and Baltimore nowhere near fixing its leaky, overloaded sewer system, a new report details how the city has quietly dumped more than 330 million gallons of raw sewage over the past five years into the Jones Falls, which flows into the Inner Harbor. Elsewhere in the 1,400-mile network of aged underground pipes, the report notes, there have been more than 400 complaints of sewage backing up into homes.
Emission controls required on out-of-state power plants have yielded big reductions in mercury pollution in Western Maryland's air, a study has found. So far, however, the state's fish remain as contaminated with the toxic chemical as ever, researchers say.
Maryland and Baltimore regulators need to do a better job enforcing laws meant to protect children from lead poisoning if the long-time health scourge is ever to be eliminated, key lawmakers and community leaders said Monday.
Lead poisoning, once epidemic among Baltimore's poor, is much less common than it used to be, but it is still claiming young victims years after authorities vowed to eradicate it. At least 4,900 Maryland children have been poisoned by lead in the past decade, their brains exposed to a toxic contaminant that often causes lasting learning and behavioral problems. There likely are more, because not all children are tested.
State environmental officials announced Monday that Maryland is joining other states in seeking potentially stiff penalties and repairs from Volkswagen for rigging its vehicles' software to hide how much smog-forming pollution they were spewing into the air.
More than 100 Johns Hopkins University students staged a protest over racial issues Friday, presenting President Ronald J. Daniels with a list of demands that included hiring more African-American faculty.
More than 100,000 fish of all types have gone belly up in the Middle River area of eastern Baltimore County in what state environmental officials are calling the biggest fish kill of the year. The Maryland Department of the Environment said Friday it's still investigating the cause of the die-off, which began earlier this week. But preliminary findings suggest the fish were poisoned by a toxin produced by algae, spokesman Jay Apperson said.
A clash between lawmakers and the Hogan administration over curbing smog in Maryland ended abruptly Thursday as committee leaders stopped blocking limits on coal-burning power plants that they had asserted were weak.
Maryland is joining 16 other states backing the Obama administration in a legal dispute over its plan to curb climate-altering carbon emissions from power plants, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Wednesday.
A key legislative committee has asked the Hogan administration to delay its plan for curbing smog-forming pollution from coal-burning power plants after a consultant said it would require "minimal, if any, additional overall emission reductions" beyond what is now required.
Assured that Maryland is already on track to significantly reduce its climate-altering pollution, a broad-based commission called Thursday for the state to redouble its efforts, by pledging to slash so-called greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030.
Solar panels covering more than 1,400 parking spaces on the three campuses of the Community College of Baltimore County are expected to furnish 27 percent of the institution's power - and save the school $4 million over 20 years.
The Hogan administration plans to require that all Maryland 1-year-olds and 2-year-olds be tested for lead poisoning, declaring the new rule is needed because thousands of youngsters are at risk for lasting health problems.
Determined to maintain a traditional fishing community that's nearly 400 years old, Smith Islanders come together behind a "vision plan" that spells out ideas for fending off rising Chesapeake Bay waters and the erosion of their population and way of life.
The Hogan administration announced Friday a renewed effort to devise a "pollution trading" system in Maryland, which proponents contend could speed cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay by lowering the cost. Environmentalists reacted cautiously, saying the idea has potential but could worsen pollution if not done carefully.
It's been more than a century since oysters thrived in the Patapsco River, but on Thursday two groups unveiled an ambitious effort to try to bring them back to the Chesapeake Bay's most degraded tributaries.
Aiming to help Baltimore residents shrink their utility bills, city officials unveiled a tiny home on wheels Monday that's packed with energy-saving materials, including solar panels and a "pedal generator" that produces power via pumping arms and legs.
The Hogan administration is shaking up the Maryland Energy Administration, firing two senior managers, moving the agency from Annapolis to Baltimore and taking a stand against raising utility customers' electricity bills to expand energy-efficiency programs.
The Chesapeake Bay's waters are warming, in some places rising more rapidly even than the region's air temperatures, a new University of Maryland study finds. If unchecked, scientists say, the trend could complicate costly, long-running efforts to restore the ailing estuary, worsening fish-suffocating dead zones over time and even altering the food web on which the bay's fish and crabs depend.
After three sub-par years, the number of juvenile striped bass in Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay this summer climbed to the 8th highest level in more than six decades, according to Maryland natural resources officials.
A degraded stretch of Little Tuscarora Creek near Frederick is getting a $199,000 makeover, part of an ambitious effort to restore depleted brook trout to the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay's rivers and streams.
The Environmental Protection Agency increased limits on smog-forming air pollution Thursday, saying the move is needed to protect the health of millions of children and others with respiratory problems.
A six-year, federally funded research effort suggests the Chesapeake Bay's increasingly hardened shoreline could be hindering the estuary's recovery from decades of pollution and abuse. It could be limiting where crabs, fish and terrapins can find food and shelter, while contributing to the spread of an invasive marsh grass.
After spending $700 million over the past 13 years, the city of Baltimore plans to drop another $400 million to fix an aging, leaky sewer system that routinely fouls areas streams and the harbor with raw human waste. But less than four months before a court-ordered deadline, the overhaul is nowhere near done.
A top port official who once worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been tapped to be the state's chief fisheries regulator, filling a key job that's been vacant since a Hogan administration shakeup at DNR in May.
Several environmental groups called Tuesday for a moratorium on new poultry houses on the Eastern Shore, warning that the industry's expansion will worsen the region's pollution problem before new regulations designed to address it can take effect.
Childhood lead poisoning in Maryland continued a two-decade decline last year, new data show. The number of youngsters up to 6 years old found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood dropped 10 percent from the year before, to 2,359. State officials said they were encouraged, but in a bid to make even more progress are moving ahead with efforts to expand oversight of lead-paint risks in newer rental housing.
Buoyed by a surge in tax collections, Maryland finished the year with a $295 million budget surplus, new figures show. The state's comptroller and governor differed Thursday over whether that means the state's economy has rebounded, but agreed it's not time to loosen the reins on state spending.
The Environmental Protection Agency praised Maryland's efforts to curb farm animal pollution of the Chesapeake Bay, calling them "robust and well-implemented." But the laudatory press release omitted any mention of compliance and inspection shortcomings that agency officials found in the state.
The girl was rescued along with a woman and two other children from a fire reported about 7:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Dartmouth Road, in the Evesham Park neighborhood. All four victims were taken to an area hospital, where the girl died.