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Md. environmental advocates hopeful for renewal of support under Biden

The Chesapeake Bay in December 2020. Maryland lawmakers are preparing environmental legislation for the upcoming General Assembly. Photo by Rachel Clair for the Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – Maryland lawmakers and interest groups are hopeful that the Biden administration will usher in a positive impact on the environment in the state.

“We look forward to working with the Biden administration on important priorities like the Chesapeake Bay, climate change, and common-sense solutions that boost environmental progress and economic prosperity,” Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles said in a statement to Capital News Service.

Maryland officials encourage drop box use, confirm security

Voters can drop off their ballots at official ballot boxes, like this one in Wheaton, Maryland. Photo by Karen Denny/Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – Maryland elections officials are encouraging the use of ballot drop boxes as the mail-in deadline approaches, and outlined the safety of the receptacles to state lawmakers earlier this month.

COVID-19 decreased Maryland’s air pollution, research shows

An aerial picture of Baltimore from June 2018, taken during a research flight to measure air quality. Studies this year indicated a decrease in air pollution during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic. (File photo courtesy of Sarah Benish.)

Capital News Service – In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, as stay-at-home orders took effect and more commuters worked from home or lost their jobs, air pollution dropped markedly in Maryland, according to a recent report from the University of Maryland and the state’s Department of the Environment.