Gazette Article Outlines Governor O’Malley’s 2012 Environmental Agenda

A December 23 Gazette.net article oultines Governor Martin O’Malley’s environmental agenda for the 2012 Session.  While Administration officials are still working out the details of many of the proposed policies, the broad issues have been identified:

Expanding wind power. Restricting septic system use. Increasing the “flush tax.”

These are among the environmental issues Gov. Martin O’Malley is looking to put on lawmakers’ desks when the General Assembly reconvenes in January.

Although O’Malley (D) is “still very committed” to expanding wind generation in Maryland, details of his legislative package are not final yet, spokeswoman Raquel Guillory said Thursday.  …

Also expected to be on the governor’s legislative environmental agenda are measures aimed directly at reducing the amount of pollution from human waste that enters the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Besides the Governor’s agenda, the article also discusses other areas likely to see legislation, including sediment-reduction credits, a tax on plastic bags, lead paint poisoning prevention, expansion of sustainable farming in the State, a prohibition on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), and banning arsenic in poultry feed.

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