We ask the Gov. Larry Hogan to do the right thing and quickly issue strong nitrogen oxide regulations that bring Maryland's power plants up to snuff. Baltimore should benefit from the Clean Air Act just like the rest of the country. Instead, we continue to breathe dangerously polluted air with no fix in sight.
By Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, Dana M. Stein and Laurel Peltier
Much has been said and written about proposed new emissions regulations in Maryland, including two recent letters to the editor in the Sun that vilify NRG Energy and misrepresent its stance on improving Maryland's environment. In the interest of accuracy, I'd like to provide some background and NRG's true position.
Millions of Chinese speakers around the world watched "Under the Dome," the 104-minute documentary about China's air pollution situation before it was removed by the government. In China, demanding accountability is never OK, even when the topic is as widely known and severe as air pollution.
In one of his first acts after taking office Wednesday, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan withdrew a handful of regulations proposed in the final weeks of the previous Democratic administration. One hotly contested proposal would have curbed Eastern Shore farmers' use of poultry manure on their fields.
The Obama administration announced Wednesday a long-anticipated move to tighten limits on smog-forming pollution, declaring that despite improvements in air quality in Maryland and nationwide, millions of vulnerable adults and children risk illness and even premature death from inhaling currently acceptable levels.
Unfortunately a bill recently passed by the Baltimore City Council allowing the use of e-cigarettes in restaurants, taverns and casinos not only weakens Baltimore and Maryland's longstanding and popular smoke-free laws, it threatens the health of many city workers. We urge Mayor Rawlings-Blake to see through the tobacco industry smokescreen and use her power to veto this ordinance.
By By Michaeline Fedder and Deborah P. Brown and Bonita Pennino
None of the business leaders, politicians or the economic analysts quoted by The Sun mention the health costs of locating a new industrial CSX facility near a residential neighborhood. No one put a price tag on the proposed increase in air pollution, its health effects and the resulting loss in productivity.
Continued over the long-term, voluntary, individual actions and partnerships to educate the public about what those actions are, will be an integral part of the solutions to improving the air in the greater metropolitan Baltimore-Washington region. Together, we can make a difference and help ensure we all have a daily supply of healthy, life-giving clean air to breathe.
Instead of the federal CO2 level, Maryland must focus on the state level to eliminate the toxic pollutants nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide. This can only be achieved by retiring the Charles P. Crane and Herbert A. Wagner coal power plants that produce them.
A planned power plant in Fairfield that environmental groups and local schoolchildren have protested faces millions of dollars in fines and has been ordered to halt construction because organizers didn't buy enough emissions credits to offset air pollution the facility will create, according to state officials.
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
By By Laura Barnhardt Cech and For The Baltimore Sun
Air quality has improved a lot in Maryland and nationwide over the past 15 years, according to a new report by the American Lung Association. But summertime smog levels in Harford and Prince George's counties are still among the worst in the country, the group found.
The family that owns the Black Olive restaurant and runs the Inn at The Black Olive is monitoring the air outside the hotel — across the street from the planned Harbor Point development — as a check on the official monitoring happening on site.
Environmental regulators said Wednesday that construction on the Harbor Point project could begin by the end of the month, after they approved a plan to measure air quality at the toxic former factory site.