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Environmental Leaders Billings and Batiuk Speak at SU Tuesday, February 17

Leon BillingsSALISBURY, MD---Like clean air and water? Leon Billings and Rich Batiuk can’t take all the credit … but they have done their part for the past several decades.

The environmental leaders speak to students in Salisbury University’s Environmental Studies Department 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, in Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 153.

Billings, staff director for the U.S. Senate Environment Subcommittee from 1966-1978, helped U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie of Maine write the major provisions of the Clean Air Act in 1970. He also assisted in writing the Clean Water Act. Representing Montgomery County in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991-2003, he also co-founded the Maryland Green Caucus and served six years on the House Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Rich BatiukBatiuk is associate director for science, analysis and implementation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With the EPA, he has worked at the Chesapeake Bay Program for more than 25 years, leading the integration of science with multi-partner decision-making. In that capacity, he is leading efforts to help state and local partners reduce nutrient and sediment pollution.

Much of what he is doing today is based on Billings’ work from nearly half a century ago, linking past and present conservation efforts.

Sponsored by the Environmental Studies Department, admission to their presentation is free and the public is invited. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at

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