Today, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced longtime Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Secretary Ben Grumbles is leaving the state cabinet position to become executive director of the Environmental Council of the States.
Grumbles, who has served as Secretary since 2015, will be replaced by current MDE Deputy Secretary Horacio Tablada.
In response to the change, CBF Maryland Executive Director Josh Kurtz issued the following statement:
“We’d like to thank Secretary Grumbles for his leadership of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change and work to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution during his time leading MDE.
“We look forward to working with Secretary Tablada as he assumes this important role during a critical period for the Chesapeake Bay. We hope he will continue the needed work at the department supporting litigation to ensure EPA holds Pennsylvania accountable for failing to meet Bay cleanup goals, correct problems at Baltimore’s wastewater treatment plants, and double down on methods to reduce stormwater runoff and agricultural pollution in Maryland. Significant strides on these ongoing issues are essential.”