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New Legislation Requires Best Septic Systems To Be Used In New Home Construction

July 31st, 2012 by WCBC Radio

A panel of Maryland lawmakers has approved regulations requiring new construction to use the best technology in septic systems to fight pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review voted 11-8 last week for the regulations proposed by the O’Malley administration. Now, the Maryland Department of the Environment will consider public comments until Aug. 15 before deciding on the final regulations, which could take effect within weeks after the comment period ends. Supporters say the regulations are aimed at working in tandem with a law passed this year to limit septic system development to remove nitrogen output adding up to about 31,000 households by 2026. Critics say the regulations will add at least $8,000 to the cost of a new home. Locally, Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine says that the off-set portion which will set an amount required to pay for certain new residential construction projects could have some negatives ramifications…

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