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MD Needs An Air Pollution Plan That Works

Our Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) developed 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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Campaign Updates

Citizens Unanimously Reject Weak MD Smog Protections

Posted on July 1, 2015

At a hearing in front of the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) on Monday, June 29, citizen activists and concerned groups urged the Department to implement strong smog protections originally adopted in January 2015. Rather than implementing those protections, the Hogan Administration has proposed an inadequate, short term, and dramatically weakened half-measure to Maryland’s air pollution crisis. In fact, not a single person testified in support of these rules at the hearing.

How Big Coal Makes Us Sick

Posted on October 7, 2014
More than 85 percent of Maryland’s residents live in areas where the air is unsafe to breathe, and many Baltimore City residents struggle with asthma. Beyond Coal Campaign director Mary Anne Hitt describes how Marylanders need to advocate for coal plant safeguards to protect their air and their communities.

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.