Meetings begin on MD's climate plan

2009 law calls for 25 percent cut in greenhouse gases by 2020

May 08, 2012|Tim Wheeler

Maryland environmental officials are staging a series of public meetings, beginning today, to get public input on the state's plan to reduce climate-altering pollution.

The General Assembly passed in 2009 an O'Malley-sponsored bill committing Maryland to reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020.  Maryland is among the states most vulnerable to climate change, with the nation's fourth longest tidal coastline exposed to rising sea level.

The state Department of the Environment recently unveiled a plan for curtailing greenhouse gas emissions, which projects reaching the goal largely with regulations and programs already on the books.  For details, go here.

MDE is holding five public meetings around the state over the next month, with the first today. They are:

May 8, noon to 2 p.m. Elkton Central Library, 301 Newark Avenue, Elkton.

May 15, noon to 2 p.m., Queen Anne's County health department, 206 North Commerce Street

May 24, noon to 2 p.m., C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick.

May 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis

June 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Maryand Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Boulevard

Comments also may be directed to Brian Hug, Deputy Program Manager with the Air Quality Planning Program at (410) 537-3240 or email at

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