Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III released a statement Tuesday, regarding Governor Larry Hogan’s proposed New State Development Plan. Baker said the proposed plan, along with regulation reductions will increase watershed and Chesapeake Bay pollution levels.
“Since taking office three years ago, Governor Hogan has slowly and quietly been backsliding the State of Maryland’s planning goals and environmental regulations that were created to protect the long term stability and sustainability of the environment and to protect our State’s greatest asset and resource – the Chesapeake Bay.
Since campaigning for Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan has been unwavering in his support of developers in rural tier communities who want to continue urban sprawl and maintain growth practices that are known to be detrimental to our environment. Our state has been a national leader in promoting smart growth, holistic planning goals and storm water infrastructure improvements in order to improve the condition of the Chesapeake Bay and amongst its tributary rivers and streams. Governor Hogan, similar to President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rollback of critical federal environmental regulations, is following the conservative playbook that ignores science and consequently creates a more polluted environment in Maryland for our children and grandchildren in order to receive political support from those polluters who profit by reduced regulations on our environment.
To view Baker’s full statement, please click here.