Attorney General Gansler has made protecting our environment, and specifically the Chesapeake Bay, one of his top priorities, which is why upon taking office he quickly established an executive level position of Special Assistant for the Environment, set up the Attorney General’s Environmental Advisory Council to assist him in identifying priority environmental issues, and helped create a special Department of Natural Resources docket in Anne Arundel County District Court to more efficiently process environmental violations.
Making Maryland history with a $1.1 million water penalty, Attorney General Doug Gansler has not shied away from taking on those who pollute our waters, whether they be individual violators, our nation’s largest corporations – even the United States Army.
Attorney General Gansler has not waited for violations to the Bay to make the news before prosecuting, he has proactively sought to ferret out polluters by conducting audits of the riversheds that feed the Bay as he promised he would when he ran for office in 2006.
Attorney General Gansler knows he cannot single-handedly clean up the Bay and that those who work, study, and live on the Bay often have the best information on who is polluting, which is why he spearheaded an effort to provide standing for environmental groups and individuals to sue polluters in State court.
Attorney General Doug Gansler also knows it is not enough to punish those who pollute. When it comes to the Bay we have to keep pollution from entering the Bay in the first place, which is why he championed a law that eliminates phosphorous from dishwashing detergent by 2010, keeping it out of our wastewater treatment plants, and out of our Bay.
It also is why he has championed bringing a chicken waste to power plant to Maryland. This plant will keep 1 billion pounds of chicken manure, the number one source of pollution to the Bay, out of the water, turning it into energy, giving our poultry local farmers an additional source of income from their farms – and taking one giant step to cleaning up the Bay.
Just as a clean Bay is essential to the health and prosperity of Maryland so is clean air, which is why Attorney General Gansler has taken the same tough approach to those who pollute our air as to those who pollute the Bay – even challenging the EPA when necessary.
Since taking office, Doug Gansler has distinguished himself by prosecuting polluters of the Chesapeake Bay, protecting consumers from corporate and insurance fraud, safeguarding the public from gangs, and attacking the underbelly of the Internet. More