Maryland Department of the Environment releases annual clean air progress report

Baltimore, MD – Despite one the hottest summers ever recorded locally, Maryland continued to make dramatic progress on reducing air pollution and improving air quality according to finding in a new report by the Maryland Department of the Environment. The report was released ahead of Air Quality Awareness Week, which is observed May 1-5.

The

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State Agencies’ Responsibilities Expanding

Seventeen states have joined the new Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, which will create a technical forum to help states apply the Clean Air Act and associated regulations.

New programs at some state agencies and a new organization focused on air pollution control strategies at the state level are gearing up at the start

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Conversion of coal-burning Urquhart unit will cut emissions

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. is shuttering several coal-fired power units that have become too costly and converting a unit at the Urquhart plant in Beech Island. In a filing Wednesday before the state’s Public Service Commission, the utility said its statewide plan includes converting Unit 3 at the Urquhart Steam Generating Plant from

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Augusta Air Pollution Levels Continue to Decline

The Augusta Chronicle – Air quality continues to improve in Augusta, making it less likely that the region will fail tougher new standards for ozone and other pollutants.

“The great news is, our air continues to get cleaner and cleaner,” said Myra Reece, the Air Quality Bureau director for the South Caro­lina De­partment of Health

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