Local activists question Maryland air quality monitoring plan
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Community members on Thursday shared their concerns on a new study led by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The goal of this study is to cut down on air pollutants created by chicken houses, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
“We care deeply about restoring the health of both the environment and making sure that the human health and well being of all Marylanders is taken care of so the best way to use that is to use objective information to inform policies and regulations,” said the Maryland Department of the Environment Assistant Secretary, Suzanne Dorsey.
But, residents say this data is not enough to assess the impact pollutants are having on our health, and they hope to get more answers about what these monitoring systems will actually do.
“What we don’t know and what we hope to find out tonight is is this upwind and downwind monitor going to be placed next to one poultry house or an operation that has three poultry houses?” said Assateague Coastal Trust Executive Director, Kathy Phillips.
“Time and time again people ask the question, what is the air quality like here on the lower shore or around where there are poultry farms and honestly we want to know that as well,” said the Delmarva Poultry Industry Executive Director, Holly Porter.
Moving forward members of the Department of the Environment said this is the first step they are taking to help the community get answers for their health in the years to come.