Proposed Md. Farm Pollution Rules Set For Hearing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state senator from Harford County is taking aim at proposed regulations intended to keep manure and livestock out of Maryland streams.

The proposals are the subject of a legislative committee hearing Tuesday in Annapolis and a series of regional public meetings starting Tuesday in Bel Air.

Republican Sen. Barry Glassman said Monday that the proposed changes to Maryland’s nutrient management rules could regulate farmers out of business.

One proposal would require fencing to keep livestock at least 10 feet from surface water. The Agriculture Department could approve alternatives on an individual basis for plans that it deems equally protective of water quality and stream health.

Gov. Martin O’Malley said Monday that the proposed rules would significantly advance agricultural water quality management and protect the Chesapeake Bay.

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

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