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Resource | Public Health

Public Comments: Proposed Off-Gassing Regulation Changes

Did you know that Maryland's air quality is one of the worst in North America? Much of our state's ground level pollution is made up of toxic VOCs, or off-gassing.

This year, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) proposed adopting an updated rule for Volatile Organic Compound (VOCs), which would apply to Maryland commercial and household products and would reduce off-gassing in the state by a projected 6.1 million tons per day. If approved, the regulations will be submitted to the EPA for approval as part of Maryland’s State Implementation Plan to further reduce ground level pollution.

Resource | Safe Energy

Energy Efficient MD

The 2008 EmPOWER Maryland Act set an ambitious goal to reduce Maryland's energy consumption 15% by 2015. To help achieve this goal, the state's five utility companies are required to offer their customers a suite of programs to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The utilities offer a number of resources, many of which do not require a major financial investment and can result in significant energy and cost savings over time. A list of these programs can be accessed here.

Resource | Transportation

Maryland PIRG's Transit, Not Traffic Pledge

The nation’s transportation system is in trouble. America’s dependence on cars for transportation is the number one cause of our addiction to oil and a major contributor to global warming and air pollution.

Resource | Transportation

U.S. Dept of Transportation Forecasts of Future Driving vs. Reality

This figure represents how the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration has forecast national Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT) over time and how those forecasts have compared with actual VMT. A large version of the image can be downloaded on this page as a PDF.

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