Baltimore, MD - “The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)’s announcement this morning about a “Lower Eastern Shore Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Project” is nothing more than another example that the Hogan administration is in the pocket of Big Ag. Any monitoring project funded by the industry at question itself is untrustworthy and underhanded. Maryland communities have been in the dark about pollution from massive concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, located on the Eastern Shore for far too long.
"These communities have been calling for a commonsense bill, the Community Healthy Air Act (CHAA), that would require MDE to monitor how much air pollution is coming from the hundreds of these industrial poultry facilities that encroach closer to residential communities every year. This new air quality monitoring plan falls significantly short of what the CHAA would achieve and is an affront against impacted residents who simply want to know what is in the air they breathe and the water they drink. Marylanders need a transparent and adequate study of their air with an extensive analysis of the impacts on public health and with recommendations to improve air quality in the state. Food & Water Watch intends to work with Senator Clarence Lam (District 12) to pass CHAA in this legislative session.”