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Maryland Beyond Coal

MD Needs An Air Pollution Plan That Works

Our Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is developing regulations to limit dangerous and deadly air pollution from coal-fired power plants that threatens the health of our families. But that plan is now at risk, as corporate polluters are working to roll back the strong protections initially proposed. Our families deserve a plan that will ensure all Marylanders have safe air to breathe. In order to protect our families from dangerous and deadly pollution, we need to make sure MDE holds polluters accountable instead of letting them off the hook.

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52 Legislators Call on Governor To Clean MD's Air

Posted on June 10, 2014
On Wednesday, a group of Maryland politicians took a stand on the state’s unacceptable levels of air pollution by sending a letter voicing their support for stronger pollution controls on Maryland’s coal-fired power plants. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has drafted stronger pollution controls to cut down on the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted by the state’s coal plants; both of these pollutants contribute to smog-filled air that is classified as unsafe to breathe by the EPA1, and approximately 86 percent of Maryland residents are exposed to this dirty air every day. It is hoped that the support of 10 state senators, 33 state delegates, and several council members from Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties will encourage Governor Martin O’Malley to support the MDE’s stronger pollution controls and stand firm against opposition from coal industry lobbyists and their legislative backers.

Rally for Clean Air in MD

Posted on June 10, 2014
Last Wednesday, more than 40 Marylanders rallied in Baltimore's Carroll Park before delivering 2,000 comments to the Maryland Department of the Environment supporting the agency's proposed clean air standards. Standing in front of a 20-foot inflatable asthma inhaler, state, city, and local officials joined the Maryland Sierra Club activists and other residents in congratulating the MDE while also encouraging them to be even tougher on coal plant pollution.