State Of The Air: Maryland

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Trisha grew up on a large family farm in Southern New Jersey, where her and her two young boys still spend a lot of their time. Trisha has an MBA with a concentration in Marketing, but after her family was sickened from a toxic chemical spill near her home in 2012, she began educating herself about the health impacts of chemicals and air pollution and quickly joined Moms Clean Air Force to advocate for our children. 

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Here’s what we’re working on in Maryland:

Mercury: We are supporting strong limits on harmful mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Climate Change: We are fighting global warming by supporting policies, namely America’s Clean Power Plan, that will reduce carbon emissions and decrease dangerous co-pollutants.

Clean Energy: We are ensuring that our energy future is renewable, clean, and healthy — for the sake of our children’s health. We are working to double Maryland’s clean energy–to 40%.

In a December 2014 press conference, Moms Clean Air Force Maryland joined Environment Maryland and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light to release a study that showed Maryland’s potential of offshore wind energy. The report asks that state and federal agencies expedite the development of offshore wind farms, including projects in nearly 80,000 acres of the Atlantic Ocean off the Maryland coast.

Chemical Policy Reform: We are fighting to keep toxic chemicals out of the products we use every day, through joining local efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals and advocating for strong implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (2016).

Natural Gas Pollution: We are demanding strong protections from methane, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development. In Maryland, there is discussion on opening up the state to fracking. We are working to protect communities from fracking pollution by demanding strong regulations on methane pollution, volatile organic compounds, and other harmful air pollutants associated with fracking and natural gas development.

We are also asking Governor Hogan to pass strong legislation that will place a long-term moratorium on drilling and fracking throughout the state.

Maryland’s electricity generation by source, 2017:

  • Nuclear (48%)

  • Natural Gas (19%)

  • Coal (18%)

  • Hydro (10%)

  • Other (5%)

According to the American Lung Association’s 2017 State of the Air report, 9.7 percent of children in Maryland have asthma

Emissions from cars, trucks, industrial smokestacks, trains, boats, and commercial heating systems contribute to the death of 113 people per 100,000 population per year in Maryland -- more than any other state

Prince George’s County in Maryland experienced 16 code orange high ozone days in 2017 according to the ALA.

In 2010, reports showed that Marylanders were still exposed to nearly 5.6 million pounds of toxic air pollutants, with more than half coming from power plants, even after the Healthy Air Act was enacted

Roughly half the electricity generated in Maryland comes from coal

Up to 70% of Maryland’s ozone pollution comes from neighboring states

Interview with Maryland State Delegate Carlo Sanchez

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 30, 2018
This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Carlo Sanchez, Maryland State Delegate –Legislative District 47B: Carlo Sanchez represents northwestern Prince George’s County, Maryland’s only district with a Latino majority in the state house. Sanchez is active in promoting environmental justice initiatives that...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Climate Change, Environment, Fracking, Latino Community, Maryland, Social Justice

Moms Clean Air Force, a Million Moms and Dads Strong

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 24, 2017
What makes up Moms Clean Air Force? Over one million Moms nationwide from a diverse range of backgrounds. Driven by the power of Mother Love, Moms Clean Air Force is a force to be reckoned with! MEMBERS STRONG We are thrilled to announce that our membership has...

TOPICS: Activism, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, MCAF News, Missouri, Motherhood, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington DC

How to Call Your Elected Officials

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON January 1, 2017
We’re all used to text and email, and often that’s speedy and effective. But sometimes, the sound of a voice makes all the difference. Now is one of those times. Your members of Congress must hear from you on the issues that matter to you! Click here...

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Past Events

January 2018:

Moms Clean Air Force members testified at a hearing focused on America’s Clean Power Plan in Annapolis.

Moms Clean Air Force members attended the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative roundtable.

November 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force  co-sponsored a town hall focused on asthma in Langley Park, MD.

July 2017:

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members met with Senator Van Hollen’s staff and with Senator Cardin during the 2017 Play-In for Climate Action in Washington, DC.

May 2016:

Trisha Sheehan spoke at Bold Leaders in Design Summit in Columbia. The summit brought together the building industry, with a focus on clean air and safe products. Trisha spoke about the importance of using sustainable, products that use minimal toxins as well as the importance of clean indoor air.

April 2016:

Trisha Sheehan spoke at an Earth Day event in Elkridge.

February 2016:

On Thursday, February 25 Moms Clean Air Force Maryland hosted Mama Summit 2016 in Annapolis | Families gathered to stand up for clean air and children’s health.

November 2015:

Field manager, Trisha Sheehan facilitated a roundtable discussion on green cleaning in schools in Columbia, Maryland with Maryland Environmental Health Network and the EPA.

Moms Clean Air Force’s 10 year old Maryland “SuperKid” spoke to a group of over 50 at the Climate and Health Expo in Harford County Maryland. She spoke about Moms Clean Air Force’s mission and why, from a child’s perspective, it is important to get involved and take action to curb climate change now.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland attended the Baltimore City Health and Climate Expo.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland attended the the Harford County Maryland Expo

October 2015:

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland testified at the Maryland Department of Environment on the need for strong NOx regulations on coal fired power plants to protect the health of Maryland children from smog pollution.

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland Presented to a crowd of 50 and tabled at an event at the College of Southern Maryland.

May 2015: Mama Summit 2015 | Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members gathered in Annapolis at the state capitol to call on elected officials to take action on climate change. The Maryland Mama Summit garnered the support of over 60 members and some amazing supermoms, many with powerful stories to share about how climate change and air pollution have impacted their families. Participants visited 25 offices in the state capitol to talk about climate change, including Governor Hogan’s office. Lawmakers acknowledged the Mama Summit on the floor of the Maryland House of Representatives, applauding supermom Lisa Bardack and Interfaith Power and Light director, Joelle Novey, who was holding her adorable four-month-old baby.

January 2015: Moms Clean Air Force Maryland joined a coalition of environmental, business, faith, labor and social justice leaders for a rally in Annapolis to call for action to double the state’s use of clean electricity like solar and wind in 2015. The rally was headlined by a broad array of social justice, environmental, faith, labor and business leaders, who declared the historic clean energy bill a priority to pass in 2015 for the climate, the economy, and our health.

May 2014: Mama Summit 2014 | Moms Clean Air Force Maryland members gathered in Annapolis at the state capitol to call on elected officials to take action on climate change.


Larry Hogan

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Ben Cardin

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  • 100 South Charles St.
    Tower 1, Suite 1710
    Baltimore, MD, 21201
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 962-4436
  • Twitter: @SenatorCardin

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Chris Van Hollen

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  • B40C Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • Washington DC 20510
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 224-4654
  • Twitter: @ChrisVanHollen

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US House of Representatives

Andy Harris (District 1)

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Dutch Rupersberger (District 2)

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  • The Atrium
    375 West Padonia Road, Suite 200
    Timonium , MD 21093
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 628-2701
  • Twitter: @Call_Me_Dutch

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John Sarbanes (District 3)

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  • Arundel Center Suite 349
    44 Calvert St .
    Annapolis, MD 21401
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (410) 295-1679
  • Twitter: @RepSarbanes

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Anthony Brown  (District 4)

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Steny Hoyer (District 5)

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  • U.S. District Courthouse
    6500 Cherrywood Lane, Suite 310
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (301) 474-0119
  • Twitter: @WhipHoyer

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John Delaney (District 6)

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Elijah Cummings (District 7)

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Jamie Raskin (District 8)

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  • 431 Cannon House Office Building
  • Washington, DC 20515
  • Email: Contact form
  • Phone: (202) 225-5341
  • Twitter: @repraskin

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Take a look at what we’ve been up to in Maryland: