House Workgroup “Digs In” To Study Septic System Policies

A House Environment and Transportation Committee Workgroup comprising members of the Subcommittee on the Environment and Committee Chair Kumar Barve held a briefing on July 26 to discuss on-site sewage disposal systems, including septic systems. Following the defeat of legislation during the 2017 Session (HB 281/SB 266) that would have reinstated a requirement to use … Continue reading House Workgroup “Digs In” To Study Septic System Policies

Septic Systems, Solar Energy & Forest Conservation Act Interim Study Items for Environment & Transportation Committee

In a letter (2017-05-31) to the Legislative Policy Committee, House Environment and Transportation Committee Chair Kumar Barve described the interim activities of Environment and Transportation Committee, including examining Forest Conservation Act, septic system requirements, and solar energy production. From the letter: Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Open Space [Subcommittee] Forest Conservation Senate Bill 365 of 2017 would have established the … Continue reading Septic Systems, Solar Energy & Forest Conservation Act Interim Study Items for Environment & Transportation Committee

Delmarva Farmer Editorial: No Knockout in BAT Septic Fight

A Delmarva Farmer editorial (2017-06-13) reviewed the 2017 legislative fight over the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the critical areas and argued against efforts over the interim to impose additional requirements on septic systems in rural areas. In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan repealed a regulatory requirement that BAT septic … Continue reading Delmarva Farmer Editorial: No Knockout in BAT Septic Fight

Senate on Septics: BAT Mandate Out, Funding Priorities In

SB 266, the high profile legislation seeking to reinstate the statewide requirement for “best available technology” septics systems, has been heavily amended on the Senate floor. Following more than a week of debate, including one preliminary vote defeating the original bill, the final version of the Senate bill no longer imposes that mandate, and instead … Continue reading Senate on Septics: BAT Mandate Out, Funding Priorities In

Septics Bill Remains In Senate Limbo, Amendments Pending

Following a week of floor debate and questions, SB 266 – legislation requiring “best available technology” for any new septic systems – remains on hold pending a resolution. Last week, Conduit Street reported that the bill was initially defeated on a narrow 23-22 vote on the Senate floor during a preliminary approval vote. Following a … Continue reading Septics Bill Remains In Senate Limbo, Amendments Pending

“Best Available” Septics Mandate Stumbles in Senate

Legislation reinstating a statewide mandate for any new septic system to use “best available technology” met with a surprise on the Senate floor Thursday, when a preliminary approval vote failed on a vote of 22-23. The vote was reconsidered, in a common parliamentary maneuver, and placed on hold for further discussion Friday. MACo had opposed … Continue reading “Best Available” Septics Mandate Stumbles in Senate

MACo Seeks Amendment to Septic Tier Property Rights Restoration Bill

MACo Policy and Legal Counsel, Les Knapp, sought to amend legislation of House Bill 1355, “Sewerage Systems – Residential Major Subdivisions in Tier III and Tier IV Areas” before the House Environmental and Transportation committee on March 1, 2017. The bill would restore property rights that were extinguished with the passage of the Sustainable Growth … Continue reading MACo Seeks Amendment to Septic Tier Property Rights Restoration Bill

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