With leadership from Maryland PIRG, Maryland has adopted policies reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. Taking proactive measures, the state has restricted the use of toxic chemicals including toxic flame retardants, Bisphenol A, PFAS, and more. Notably, Maryland is home to some of the nation’s leading health experts at NIH and academic institutions. Situated near the nation’s capital, the state continues to play a key role in informing the national discourse on public health issues.
Maryland PIRG staff knocked on doors in the spring of 2023 for a campaign to clean up PFAS contamination in Maryland and hold the chemical industry accountable.
George “Walter” Taylor was a firefighter for 31 years who died from occupational health cancers linked to PFAS exposure. A Maryland state bill was named after him to protect firefighters and families from PFAS chemicals. The bill was adopted in 2022.
Governor Larry Hogan is joined by the Taylor family, bill authors Delegate Sara Love and Senator Sarah Elfreth, advocates, and first responders as he signs the George “Walter” Taylor Act into law.