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Md. environmental advocates hopeful for renewal of support under Biden

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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

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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

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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.

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