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Hogan Proposal to Soften Septic Regulations Praised in Allegany County

September 8th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A proposal from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to roll back an O'Malley-era regulation on septic systems was enthusiastically received by Allegany County officials. The Republican governor said this week that the Maryland Department of the Environment will issue a new regulation allowing counties to permit septic systems that are less than the best available technology to be installed on properties outside environmentally critical areas. The septic regulation rolls back rules, adopted in 2012,  requiring new construction to use high-tech systems to reduce water pollution. Since then some county officials have complained that the rule impedes economic development, and builders argue it adds thousands of dollars to the cost of a new home without scientific evidence that the systems make a difference. Allegany County Commissioners Creade Brodie Jr and Bill Valentine applauded the news…


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