ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Delegate Maggie McIntosh says she is willing to forgo changes to a bill that regulates where residential septic systems can be installed to ensure the legislation survives the General Assembly.

McIntosh, a Baltimore Democrat, said Wednesday that while she and other delegates want to make minimal amendments, she would encourage her colleagues to pass the bill as it stands if it appears the state Senate would reject their changes.

She chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee, which will consider the legislation, a priority of Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley that was passed by the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill creates a four-tiered system that limits where new residential subdivisions can be located, especially in the state’s most rural areas.

McIntosh was scheduled to discuss the bill with administration officials Wednesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. meeeeeeeeeeeeee says:

    The septic systems allow the nutrients of waste to be utilized in nature not dumped profusely into the bay as the City’s wastewater facilities do on a regular basis… This is a easy way to help seal the deal in killing the bay as well as forcing peope to pay exorbitant amounts for their waste to be sent down the pipeline… it’s not like its a 1 time charge to install the system, the govt will average the costs out and stick it to those furthest away for the transport and maintinence costs associated with the pipeline…

    1. overregulated says:

      And, it is a way to punish those who do not vote Democratic, just like the huge stack of regs known as Critical Area, exclude the urban (democratic) areas from compliance with “save the bay”.

      Curtis Bay is in the top 100 most polluted areas in the NATION, but O’Malley and CBF don’t seem to care about the effects on the Bay, its those darn septic systems.

  2. For septic system maintenance use the all-natural MillerPlante*net Advanced Formula Septic-Helper 2000 and Enza Drain Line Cleaner. It has the 8 natural bacteria and enzymes that digest the waste in the tank AND out in the drain field. To reduce your Phosphate and Nitrate levels to Zero coming from your Laundry, use their new All-Natural Enza Wash-Balls. According to the EPA, Chemicals used in the home are the #1 problem polluting water supplies and water wells.

    In 2011, the EPA (TMDL), Mandates that States clean up their water supplies. It mandates new inspections on all septic systems, water wells and with funding, local waterways. A failed inspection would include a slow drain in your leach field, low septic tank bacteria levels or elevated Nitrate levels in your Water Well or local Water Supplies; could require replacement of your entire system for $10K to $80K+ or connect to the city sewer system for $5K to $40K. The EPA admits that the new inspections are failing 12% of systems each year and 82% of those older than 1977.

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