MACo Argues for Local Flexibility to Treat Septic Pollution; Opposes BAT Everywhere Mandate

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp was joined by a panel of county planners, environmental health directors, and health officers to testify in opposition to SB 266 before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee (EHE) on January 31, 2017. SB 266, sponsored by Senator and EHE Chair Joan Carter Conway, would require the use best available technology for … Continue reading MACo Argues for Local Flexibility to Treat Septic Pollution; Opposes BAT Everywhere Mandate

Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Environmental advocates addressed a standing room only sized crowd at the 23rd Annual Maryland Environmental Summit on January 26 in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. The Summit is a forum where the environmental community discusses their collective Session agenda and state and federal officials offer their perspectives pending environmental legislation issues. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles was … Continue reading Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Renewable Energy, Septics, Livestock Antibiotics Among MDLCV’s 2017 Initiatives

A Maryland League of Conservation Voters (MDLCV) blog post (2017-01-10)  highlighted the various issues MDLCV and the statewide environmental coalition it is part of will be advocating for during the 2017 Session, including renewable energy/the Clean Energy Jobs Act, antibiotic use in livestock, a statewide Styrofoam ban, and septic system regulations. From the blog post: In conjunction with the statewide … Continue reading Renewable Energy, Septics, Livestock Antibiotics Among MDLCV’s 2017 Initiatives

Kittleman to Introduce Howard County Rebate Legislation for Septic Pumpouts

A  Howard County media release  (2016-12-20) reported that Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman plans on introducing county legislation that would provide a $100 rebate to  homeowners who pump out their septic systems. From the media release: The incentive is another strategy to improve stormwater quality and will provide some relief to taxpayers who pay the … Continue reading Kittleman to Introduce Howard County Rebate Legislation for Septic Pumpouts

Frederick County Adjusts Septic System Review Process For New BAT Regulations

A Frederick News-Post article (2016-12-07) described how Frederick County will adjust its septic system review process regarding the use of best available nitrogen reduction technology (BAT). The County changes are in response to pending regulations from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Governor Larry Hogan Administration that repeal a mandate to use BAT septic systems outside … Continue reading Frederick County Adjusts Septic System Review Process For New BAT Regulations

BAT Septic Update at #MACoCon

Attendees to the BATter Up! Understanding the BAT Septic System Issue panel  on December 7 at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference received an update on the proposed regulations to repeal the mandate that best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems be used outside of a critical area. Panelists also discussed alternative methods to offset the … Continue reading BAT Septic Update at #MACoCon

Get to the Bottom of BAT Septic Systems at #MACoCon

Get an update on the pending best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic system regulations and learn what important factors county officials need to keep in mind about them at the 2016 MACo Winter Conference. BATter Up! Understanding the BAT Septic System Issue Description In 2012, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) adopted regulations … Continue reading Get to the Bottom of BAT Septic Systems at #MACoCon

Critics Charge BAT Septic Repeal Equals Sprawl Development

In a Bay Journal op-ed (2016-10-12) environmental advocate and Salisbury University professor Tom Horton was highly critical of proposed regulations by Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan that would repeal the requirement to use best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays critical areas. Horton, along with other critics, alleged … Continue reading Critics Charge BAT Septic Repeal Equals Sprawl Development

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