ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland legislative panel is weighing regulations proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to require the use of the best available technology in septic systems to remove nitrogen in new construction in most of the state.
Supporters cheered the proposal on Tuesday as a significant step toward fighting pollution in Maryland waters. But critics say the administration is using a back-door method to implement a plan already rejected by the Legislature.
The Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review can vote on the regulations as soon as next week. Then, there will be a public comment period until Aug. 15.
If the panel approves, the Maryland Department of the Environment, which is proposing the regulations, has the final say on when to implement the regulations with any changes.