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

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 In 2016, Governor Larry Hogan repealed a regulatory requirement that BAT septic … Continue reading Delmarva Farmer Editorial: No Knockout in BAT Septic Fight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

BAT Bill Dies, Resurrected on Senate Floor – Full Debate Today

Legislation (SB 266) that would require the use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems throughout the state failed by 1 vote (22-23)  on the Senate floor on March 2. However, the bill was later resurrected through a motion for reconsideration offered by Senator Ulysses Currie and then special ordered until today. Earlier, the … Continue reading BAT Bill Dies, Resurrected on Senate Floor – Full Debate Today

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

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