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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Billings, Batiuk Lecture Rescheduled February 24

Environmental StudiesSALISBURY, 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.

Environmental leaders Leon Billings and Rich Batiuk speak to students in Salisbury University’s Environmental Studies Department 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, in Perdue Hall’s Bennett Family Auditorium. Their presentation was rescheduled from February 17 due to inclement weather.

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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.

Batiuk 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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