From the October 4 press release:
For the third straight year, the Maryland Department of the Environment issued more enforcement actions than in any previous year, an agency report released today shows.
MDE’s 14th annual Enforcement and Compliance Report shows that the number of enforcement actions between July 2009 and June 2010 was nearly 7 percent higher than in the prior 12 months. The more than 3,000 enforcement actions taken during the fiscal year ending in June 2010 is the highest number for any year since reporting began in 1998. That figure also represents a greater than 50 percent increase since MDE launched an initiative in early 2007 to improve enforcement.
During FY 2010, MDE regulated approximately 158,000 entities. This increase from the approximately 117,000 regulated entities in the prior fiscal year is primarily due to a revision in the method of counting regulated rental properties in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.