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For Immediate Release
October 13, 2005
Media Contact:
Kevin Enright 410-576-6357

ATTORNEY GENERAL & SECRETARY PHILBRICK
TO GO “TO THE SCENE” TO TEACH STUDENTS
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES


Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Kendl P. Philbrick will enlist future generations in their ongoing fight against environmental crimes when they visit with middle school students. Maryland’s top officials in law enforcement and the environment will be continuing their battle against environmental crime by teaching two classes of students about the importance of reporting environmental crimes, and they will do it from “the scene.”

On Friday, October 14, 2005 at 10:25 a.m., both the Attorney General and Secretary Philbrick will be at Easton Middle School in Talbot County holding an outdoor class with science students from the school. At 2:00 p.m. both the Secretary and the Attorney General will hold a similar outdoor class in Wicomico County with students from Bennet Middle School. The sixth and seventh graders have been preparing for this special class by studying and researching environmental issues.

At both locations there will be a mock environmental crime scene staged by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Students will work in groups to “process the scene” and look for clues that help them try to “solve” the crime while learning how criminal investigators and emergency responders work together to fight environmental crimes. The “scene” will be designed to represent a typical hazardous waste dumping site that criminal investigators and emergency responders regularly handle.

Secretary Philbrick and the Attorney General will lead the session and then speak with the children about types of environmental crimes and what damage they cause to communities and the environment.

This outreach continues the collaboration between the Maryland Attorney General’s Office and the Maryland Department of the Environment in the fight against environmental crime.

10:25 a.m. Easton Middle School, 210 Peach Blossom Road, Talbot County, 21601
2:00 p.m. Bennet Middle School
, 200 East College Avenue, Wicomico County, 21804

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