Air and Radiation Programs
In order to ensure the air is safe to breathe, the Maryland Department of the Environment carries out mandates from the Federal Clean Air Act and administers air pollution monitoring, planning, and control programs to improve and maintain air quality. The Department also administers a radiation control program in conformance with federal law. The programs are geared to protect the health and welfare of both the citizens and the environment of Maryland.
In partnership with Clean Air Partners and other educators, MDE developed On the Air: Exploring Air Pollution Sources and Solutions. This is an interactive curriculum and kit that engages young people in the exploration of their environment as they study important air pollution topics such as Crieria Air Pollutants, Ozone, the Air Quality Index, Particulate Matter, Our Lungs, Our Air, Our Health, Exploring Air Pollutions Solutions and Climate Change.
|Ambient Air Monitoring|
Measures and analyzes ground-level concentrations of criteria pollutants, air toxics, and meteorology; conducts special research monitoring initiatives, coordination of air-shed modeling, year-round daily air quality forecasts, and AQI reporting.
Implements control measures to reduce motor vehicle related emissions; operates the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP), Diesel Emissions Control Program, and others to regulate emission of pollutants from cars and trucks.
|Air Quality Compliance|
Ensures compliance at stationary sources of air pollution; conducts inspections, responds to complaints, provides compliance assistance and pursues enforcement actions when necessary.
|Air Quality Planning|
Leads and manages air quality programs to protect public health and the environment from air pollution; develops plans and regulations to limit and reduce air pollution; supports efforts to make information about air pollution available to the public.
|Air Quality Permitting|
Issues permits to construct and operate to ensure that stationary sources of air pollution are constructed and operate within regulatory requirements to meet state and federal air quality requirements established to protect human health and the environment.
Regulates and controls the uses of radiation to protect the public and the environment from inadvertent and unnecessary radiation exposure.
Emission Reduction Credits
VEIP Test Locations
Six Common Pollutants
MDE's Part 70 Compliance Letter
Facts About Radiological Health