Trouble at MDE

The news: A new state audit found a wide range of deficiencies at the Maryland Department of the Environment, headed since 20XX by Robert Summers (pictured). Among the problems: failure to inspect thousands of potentially polluting construction sites; failing to track rental housing for lead paint compliance; and larger than normal grants to septic system contractors that were worrisome enough for auditors to refer the matter for criminal investigation. Our take: Auditors almost always find shortcomings when they look at agencies, but this is definitely worse than normal. It's particularly bad timing since the auditors found fault with the agency's handling of money from the flush tax, which a commission recently recommended tripling. That may have just become a harder sell.
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