The Environmental Action Center is dedicated to protecting and improving natural areas and building healthier communities by ensuring that sources of air and water pollution comply with local, state and federal regulations.
In 2019, EAC continues its work in the Bay Watershed and beyond to address pollution discharges in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Bringing pressure on polluters across the Mid-Atlantic will provide a tool for regional environmental protection and will ensure that in the current political climate, polluters do not rise above the law. Our vision is to bring a cultural shift to local, state and federal agencies and the regulated community that prioritizes watershed protection. This cultural shift and EAC’s direct impacts will help restore the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to its former greatness and work to provide the Mid-Atlantic region with healthy and resilient watersheds for generations to come.
In much of EAC’s work, environmental justice (“EJ”) concerns are pervasive. Each approach to tackling environmental problems requires careful consideration of the EJ issues at play. Whether our projects address point source pollution from industrial facilities, broadly distributed air pollution, or the seemingly entrenched practice of siting facilities with hazardous wastes in communities already affected by EJ concerns, we carefully consider the socio-economic framework, and we consider education and empowerment a critical aspect of any solution.
The Maryland Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing on April, 1 2019, regarding CP Crane’s application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) to modify its operations by decommissioning its coal plant and constructing and operating a new natural gas plant. EAC...read more
In response to EAC's victory over Worcester County CAFO, MDE has removed a policy that delayed implementation of environmental protection requirements. Read more here: MDE Policy Change for Poultry CAFOsread more
Maryland Department of the Environment decided to revoke final approval of a poultry CAFO in Cecil County after the local community challenged the action through EAC representation. Zion CAFO Press Releaseread more