Ten DNR workers are shifted to MDE

Goal is to improve pollution controls

December 17, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Ten employees working for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources will be shifted to the Maryland Department of the Environment next month, officials with the agencies said yesterday.

The employees, whose jobs entail reducing pollution from agricultural runoff and other nonsewage sources, are paid by a federal grant.

They will report to MDE headquarters in Baltimore on Jan. 10. Three open positions at the DNR will also be shifted to the MDE.

Officials with the agencies said the move will streamline pollution controls and that the employees will fit better at the MDE than they do at the Annapolis-based DNR. Employees at the two agencies have been working on similar pollution-control programs.

"The decision was, let's put all of those people together and make sure the money is being spent according to the right priorities," said Lynn Buhl, DNR deputy secretary.

Buhl said no other shifts are planned but that DNR Secretary C. Ronald Franks told staff members yesterday that the agency would "continue to look at both departments and see if there are any other adjustments that seem to make sense."

MDE spokesman Richard McIntire said his agency considers the move a positive step for both departments.

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