The Maryland Department of the Environment is urged to act boldly to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Citizens and groups testified that Maryland should remain as a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Tim Whitehouse, Executive Director of the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility talks about how air pollution affects patients in Maryland. Whitehouse asked the state to keep reducing air pollution in the state and the region.
NPR story on lead in schools.
Destiny Watford, Free Your Voice, speaks against a proposed incinerator at Curtis Bay, an area already suffering from air pollution. Watford won an environmental award for her opposition to the plant.
Protesters chant “MDE, enforce the law” and “Incinerator must go!” outside of the offices of the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore. The protesters said that Energy Answers had failed to meet the conditions of their permit and that the company should not be allowed to construct an incinerator under an expired permit. Only nine of the protesters were allowed to meet with MDE officials and press were banned from the meeting. Of those nine, seven protesters did not leave the meeting and were arrested on trespassing charges.
If the incinerator is built, it would be the largest incinerator of its type in the United States. Waste would be trucked into the site at Curtis Bay from several states, including New York. Curtis Bay residents already complain about the poor air quality in this industrialized area.
Experiment You engages students in solving problems that matter to them.
Improving school environments requires insistence and verification that changes are implemented at schools. Students can provide this verification through STEM or science projects benchmarking the health and environmental conditions at their school.