Eastern Shore Lawmakers Upset Over Md. Septic System Ban

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Eastern Shore lawmakers are questioning the governor’s proposed ban on septic systems for major new subdivisions.

However, Maryland’s acting environmental secretary says the governor is not advocating a total ban and supports new advanced septic systems that remove more nitrogen from wastewater.

State Sen. E.J. Pipkin says he is concerned the proposed septic ban would amount to a building moratorium that would have severe economic consequences. Pipkin also questioned what the ban would mean for farmers’ property rights and towns without access to public water.

Eastern Shore lawmakers met Friday with Robert Summers, the acting secretary of the environment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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