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Happy & Healthy Holiday Wishes

Thank you for giving a voice to environmental health year round
The holiday season is a good time to recognize and appreciate the gift of health advocacy - which you give year round by raising your voice for clean air, protected waters, and healthy communities. In 2017, we will need your voice more than ever. 

This month, we celebrate some environmental health wins and prepare for the wins of 2017! Read below. Thank you for being part of these milestones for Maryland.

Happy Holidays,
Rebecca, Allison, Rebecca

Environmental Health in Maryland

Green Cleaning in Maryland Schools
In 2016, we partnered with Maryland State Dept. of Education and EPA Region 3 to implement Maryland's green cleaning in schools law. Our Peer to Peer learning community helped all 24 of Maryland's public school districts to implement some form of non-toxic cleaning methods. We salute the school district leaders who made their schools healthier indoor environments for students, faculty, and staff.

Public Health Advocacy
Our partnership with the Maryland Public Health Association continues to build new voices for public health advocacy in Annapolis. Please save the date for our 4th annual Public Health Night in Annapolis on February 9, 2017. We congratulate MdPHA on coming out for a ban on fracking, an important step for public health protection

Environmental Justice in Maryland Policy
The Environmental Justice Legislative Team is growing tools to educate legislators on environmental justice and policy. Visit our website to download the latest fact sheets. 

2016 Science for Legislators
We are making the final tweaks to our new tool for helping legislators make sense of complex science - vetted by the National Caucus for Environmental Legislators. We will be sharing in 2017. 

Fracking Symposium
Two years ago, 40 researchers and policy-makers came together and told us Maryland should wait for empirical evidence of safety. "Wait 10 years!" they said. Their recommendations are still relevant - and support Maryland's current push to ban fracking.  
  • December 14th was the last day to provide public comments on Maryland's proposed fracking regulations.
     
  • With new research documenting health risks, we conclude: There is no evidence that a regulatory regime can effectively protect public health.  
    Sign On: Health Professionals Sign Calling for a Ban
     
  • MdEHN worked with Key-Log Economics to analyze selected hidden costs of the gas industry. The working paper provides initial cost estimates of motor vehicle accidents, the social cost of increased carbon emissions, and lost ecosystem services.
     
  • Read The 2016 Annual Report of the Maryland Climate Change Commission. The Commission's Mitigation Work Group reviewed methane emissions including from the gas industry, but was unable to achieve consensus on the (to us, obvious) incompatibility of fracking with Maryland's greenhouse gas reductions goals. 

2017 promises to be an important year for setting Maryland policy on the gas industry. Thank you for your continued support to create a healthier Maryland for all! 

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