Proposed BAT Septic Regs, MDE FAQ Sheet Published

The proposed regulations to repeal the mandate for best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of a critical area (beyond 1,000 feet of the waters of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays or their tributaries) were published in the 2016-09-16 issue of the Maryland Register. Public comment on the proposed regulations is open … Continue reading Proposed BAT Septic Regs, MDE FAQ Sheet Published

Former State Officials Criticize BAT Septic Repeal

A Bay Journal article (2016-09-18) reported that several former State officials are critical of Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan’s proposed repeal of the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the critical areas. New homes within a critical area (an area within 1,000 feet of the Chesapeake or Atlantic Coastal Bays or their tributaries) will … Continue reading Former State Officials Criticize BAT Septic Repeal

Environmental Professor Challenges Baltimore Sun’s BAT Septic Editorial

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Baltimore Sun editorial “The  Septic Backslide” criticized the recent decision of Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to propose regulations repealing the mandatory use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bay … Continue reading Environmental Professor Challenges Baltimore Sun’s BAT Septic Editorial

Sun Editorial on BAT Septic Repeal: What Will Local Governments Whine About Next?

A Baltimore Sun editorial (2016-08-23) criticized Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan’s recent decision to propose regulations repealing the mandatory use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Areas. The editorial questioned whether the repeal: (1) would damage the environment; and (2) was fair to non-septic system homeowners. … Continue reading Sun Editorial on BAT Septic Repeal: What Will Local Governments Whine About Next?

Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan, Jr. announced the repeal of regulations requiring the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) for septic systems, criticized the recently passed transportation scorecard legislation, and discussed other priorities that he intends to the focus on during the upcoming 2017 Session at the close of the 2016 MACo Summer Conference on August 20. A packed … Continue reading Governor Announces BAT Septic Repeal, Criticizes Transportation Scorecard at #MACoCon

MACo Raises Delegation and Funding Diversion Issues on BAT Septic System Bill

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson requested amendments to legislation (HB 90) that would expand the use of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) to assist low income homeowners with operation and maintenance contracts for septic systems using best available technology for nitrogen removal (BAT). While supportive of the basic concept, MACo is concerned about the imposition of … Continue reading MACo Raises Delegation and Funding Diversion Issues on BAT Septic System Bill

Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

As previously reported on Conduit Street, Charles County recently approved a septic tier map different from that recommended by a work group assembled for the task.  The approved plan includes half of an  18,000-acre deferred development district in the Mattawoman Creek watershed in a tier allowing future growth on septic systems.  A March 27 SoMdNews.com article reported … Continue reading Planning Secretary Requests Charles County to Reconsider Septic Tier Map

Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map

As previously reported by Conduit Street, Charles County has formed a stakeholders work group make recommendations regarding the County’s comprehensive plan and propose a septic tier map.  A March 11 SoMdNews.com article reported that the County commissioners voted 3-2 to reject the septic map proposed by the work group and instead adopted an alternate proposal that would classify half … Continue reading Charles County Approves Septic Tier Map

Charles County Workgroup Grapples With Septic Tier Map, TDR Reform

A February 21 SoMdNews.com article provided an update on the ongoing meetings of Charles County workgroup tasked with creating a new septic tier map and comprehensive plan map.  Currently the workgroup is focused on septic tiers and creating a workable transfer of development rights (TDR) program.  The article indicated that the workgroup had much discussion over how to handle development that … Continue reading Charles County Workgroup Grapples With Septic Tier Map, TDR Reform

House Committee Hears MACo Initiative Legislation on Septic System Hookups

MACo and county representatives testified with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on legislation (HB 11) that would allow monies from the septic system account of the Bay Restoration Fund (BRF) to be used to connect failing septic systems to wastewater treatment plants even if the systems were located outside of a priority funding area.  Before the monies would … Continue reading House Committee Hears MACo Initiative Legislation on Septic System Hookups