Environmental Committee Mission Statement

Inform our members on key environmental issues facing the Port of Baltimore and communicate to external stakeholders about the Port’s role in environmental stewardship.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Seek to identify emerging regulatory issues facing the seaport industry and periodically update membership on such issues.
  • Build constructive relationships with community, environmental, legislative and regulatory stakeholders.
  • Engage with our members as advocates for environmentally beneficial initiatives.
  • Identify and promote environmental stewardship activities occurring within the Port community.
  • Support the efforts of the Port’s education committee by making information available.
  • Participate with the broader community in environmentally beneficial initiatives.
  • Act in the best interest of the port community as a whole.

ACTIONS to DATE:

  • Hosted compliance assistance workshops in partnership with EPA Region 3, Maryland Department of the Environment, USCG and the Vane Brothers Company to educate the maritime community on the Vessel General Permit, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) focusing on Hazardous Waste and Undersground Storage Tanks compliance and enforcement
  • Organized and participated in a Stream Cleanup in Patapsco Valley State Park
  • Participated in the St. Helena neighborhood of Dundalk cleanup effort

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At the BPA meeting of 15 April 2011, Mr. Rich Eskin from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) made a presentation describing the Environmental Protection Agency’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) for the state of Maryland and the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. This power point touches on the WIP process, what it means for the harbor and the Patapsco River as well as possible ramifications for the maritime Industry. Mr. Eskin was joined by Ms. Kim Burgess, the Chief of Surface Water Management, Baltimore City Department of Public works who offered more detailed from the perspective of the City government.