In 2013, Maryland had the highest number of deaths from air pollution in the United States. MIT researchers calculated that out of 100,000 people, 113 die annually from complications related to air pollution in Maryland.
Air quality continues to be one of the most pressing environmental issues for the Chesapeake Bay region. Out of all the pollutants in the region, one of the most serious is nitrogen oxides. With the right environmental conditions, nitrogen oxides cause algal blooms, which suffocate and kill fish and shellfish. If this situation goes unchecked, it will lead to the deterioration of the region’s vital connection to the sea. This is why we are asking you to support bill SB 542 which will establish Maryland’s Committee on Air Quality to sample and monitor the air quality of the state to protect the bay from algal blooms.