Maryland to Sample Air Quality on Lower Eastern Shore

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Maryland officials are set to sample the air quality on the lower Eastern Shore, specifically the effects from large poultry houses.

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The Maryland Department of the Environment announced Tuesday that monitoring stations will collect preliminary data on ammonia and particulate matter levels near poultry houses for comparison with air quality elsewhere in the state.

The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment and Delmarva Poultry Industry have committed more than $500,000 to the effort and the department is responsible for technical aspects. The three parties signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday. After one year, the department will review results and consider relevant input on any further steps that might need to be taken.