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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 14, 2011

GOVERNOR MARTIN O’MALLEY TO JOIN LEGISLATORS ANNOUNCING PROPOSAL TO BAN SEPTICS IN MAJOR NEW DEVELOPMENTS



Bill will reduce pollution, support smart growth and agricultural preservation

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 14, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley will join legislative sponsors of a proposal to ban septic systems in major new developments today, an initiative he supported during last week’s State of the State address. The bill, sponsored by Delegate Stephen Lafferty and Senator Paul Pinsky, will require that major new subdivisions include technology to treat sewage waste before it is discharged. The bill will also promote smart growth and agricultural preservation.

Governor O’Malley will also join Kim Coble, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Septic systems prevent bacteria from entering waterways or ground water, but do nothing to reduce nitrogen pollution, one of the most significant problems facing the Chesapeake Bay. Modern technologies, with a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment, can be utilized to reduce pollution from these developments.

WHAT: Governor O’Malley to join legislators to introduce septic system proposal

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, February 14, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Maryland State House
Governor’s Reception Room
Second Floor
Annapolis, MD