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Environmental official to visit county on a fact-finding tour

June 03, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick will visit two sites in Washington County on Friday as part of a statewide fact-finding tour, a department spokesman said Wednesday.

The visits, along with a public forum today in Frostburg, Md., are part of a series of tours the secretary has scheduled throughout the state, MDE spokesman Rich McIntire said.

On Friday, Philbrick will visit Washington County's Forty West Landfill and Hagerstown's Waste Water Treatment Plant, McIntire said.

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner said it has been a long time since the top state environmental official visited, and he welcomed the idea.

"I think it's a good idea that they come out and see the facility. We're who they're regulating," Breichner said. "I think it helps us."

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McIntire said Philbrick recently toured a new oyster ranch in Southern Maryland and agriculture and poultry farms on the Eastern Shore.

This week, Philbrick is touring a coal mine, a paper mill and a power plant in Garrett and Allegany counties, McIntire said.

Today, Washington County officials are expected to attend a discussion on the environment with Philbrick at Frostburg State University in Frostburg. The event, open to public comment, will be held in Room 201 of the Lane Center on the Frostburg campus, from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m.

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