air quality

August 25, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Hyperthermia Alert Issued for Montgomery County Wednesday 

Montgomery County Emergency Management has issued a Hyperthermia Alert for the jurisdiction Wednesday until 7 p.m. The alert goes out when temperatures/heat index are forecast to be at least 95 degrees. According to the county, these conditions are hazardous and heat stroke and exhaustion are likely. The heat index could climb up to 100 degrees, […]

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July 27, 2021 | Fran Murphy

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Air Quality Alert – Code Orange

Environmental agencies in Maryland have issued a Code Orange air quality alert for Montgomery County, 11 other counties and the city of Baltimore. A Code Orange Air Quality Alert means that air pollution concentrations within the region may become unhealthy for sensitive groups. Sensitive groups include children, people suffering from asthma, heart disease or other […]

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July 23, 2021 | Sarah Dilworth

Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee Looking for Applicants

County Executive Marc Elrich wants to fill five vacancies on the Climate, Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee. Looking to do more for Montgomery County’s climate, energy, and air quality? Volunteer for the Climate, Energy, and Air Quality Advisory Committee (CEAQAC)! Submit your application by August 6th #MCClimateAction #AirQuality #GivingBack. — Montgomery County […]

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April 14, 2021 | Abby Espiritu

WalletHub Ranks Maryland As 2021’s 4th Greenest State

Maryland was ranked as the 4th most environmentally friendly state in a WalletHub report, “2021’s Greenest States,” released Wednesday in honor of the upcoming Earth Day. WalletHub determined the greenest states across the nation based on comparisons across three key dimensions: “Environmental Quality,” “Eco-Friendly Behaviors” and “Climate-Change Contributions.” Maryland ranked 7th, 5th, and 8th in […]

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May 3, 2018 | Staff Writer

D.C.-Area Ozone Exceeds Healthy Levels for First Time This Year

As predicted, the air quality in the Washington region has fallen this week, marking the first “Code Orange” days of 2018. Ozone levels exceeded EPA air quality standards Wednesday, and Thursday is expected to be a “Code Orange” day as well, according to data from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) and Clean Air […]

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July 20, 2017 | Douglas Tallman

Hogan Administration to Sue EPA over Agency’s Failure to Regulate Pollution

The Maryland Department of the Environment has informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency it intends to sue the agency over its failure to regulate 36 power plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The plants are emitting nitrogen oxides in violation of the law, according to a letter sent to the EPA by […]

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December 7, 2015 | Sonya Burke

Dise Calls for Radon Testing at County Facilities

David Dise, director of the Department of General Services (DGS) for Montgomery County, said he is calling for radon tests of county facilities following news that 26 Montgomery County public schools and two other MCPS buildings tested positive for elevated levels of radon. “Given the results reported by MCPS, I have initiated an investigation of […]

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April 29, 2015 | Sonya Burke

State of the Air Report

How healthy is your air? The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report is out today and Montgomery County gets some mixed grades. The report reviews monitoring data on the two most common and harmful types of air pollution – ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot) – and compiles a “report card” telling […]

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