Bob Summers Named New Maryland Environment Secretary

An April 28 Baltimore Sun article discusses the announcement by Governor Martin O’Malley that Robert Summers, who had been temporarily filling the role of Maryland’s Secretary of Environment after the departure of Shari Wilson, has been officially appointed as the new Secretary.

O’Malley said Summers has been a key contributor to the state’s environmental programs, including those that focused on the Chesapeake Bay restoration, during his 27-year career that has mostly been spent at the Maryland Department of the Environment.  …

Summers said he’d apply “the best science, the best service using e-commerce, predictability and transparency in permitting and encouraging innovative technologies to protect public health and the environment.”

According to the article, Summers, who holds a PhD in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins University, has been praised by a diverse coalition of stakeholder groups, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

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