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.
Now is the time to contact Gov. Martin O'Malley to remind him how important it is to ramp up work by our utilities and state agencies to deliver energy efficiency, which reduces the need to generate electricity with fuels that create the carbon pollution that harms our health and planet. Our state must invest more money, and do so more effectively, especially in our housing stock. Not only will that protect our cherished Chesapeake Bay by reducing pollution, it will benefit households struggling
Federal regulators approved new pollution limits Monday for Maryland's coastal bays aimed at restoring water quality in the shallow lagoons that serve both as playground for Ocean City vacationers and vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
Eight Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation wrote President Obama Monday urging him to reconsider his administration's plan to allow seismic testing for oil and gas off the Mid-Atlantic coast.
While many of her friends spent the summer swimming or going to amusement parks, 11-year-old Asley Ventura, of Laurel, had fun participating in a space camp at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
Eighteen months after Gov. Martin O'Malley heralded a deal to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay by generating electricity from poultry waste, the company chosen to build the manure-fueled power plant on the Eastern Shore has yet to land a site or apply for permits.
As dozens of supporters and opponents looked on, Maryland's top elected officials gave a key approval Wednesday to developing a natural gas export facility in southern Maryland that some fear could threaten nearby residents' safety and the environment.
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.