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Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) MDE Technical Assistance Program
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland does not have its own pollution prevention rules. However, the federal pollution prevention rules are effective in Maryland. Maryland has voluntary programs that can assist businesses.
• Administration and enforcement. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and EPA's Region 3 office jointly enforce the federal Pollution Prevention (P2) rules in Maryland.
MDE Technical Assistance Program
The MDE offers a free technical assistance program to help businesses and other organizations go beyond regulatory compliance and adopt a proactive approach to environmental management. This voluntary program focuses on P2 measures that reduce pollution at the source through process, equipment, and material changes that reduce waste and energy and water usage.
Businesses in the state that wish to participate in P2 and lower operating costs may contact MDE for free on-site technical assistance through the University of Maryland Technology Extension Service. These visits show companies how to:
Make more efficient use of the energy and raw materials