O'Malley Begins Fight To Ban Old Septic Technology | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

O'Malley Begins Fight To Ban Old Septic Technology

Play associated audio

O'Malley first suggested the proposal during this year's State of the State address. The legislation, co-sponsored by Delegate Stephen Lafferty and Sen. Paul Pinsky, would require major new subdivisions to include technology to treat sewage waste before it's discharged or ties in to a public sewer system.

The problem, according to O'Malley and others who support the proposal, is the inability of lower-grade septic systems to prevent nitrogen pollution from entering waterways leading to the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrogen runoff has been identified as one of the most significant problems facing the Bay.

Critics of the plan say it would effectively impose a moratorium on housing development in many rural areas of the state which have no existing public sewer systems to accommodate the newer technology.

Monday afternoon O'Malley is meeting legislative sponsors of the plan along with the executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to announce the introduction of the bill into the Maryland General Assembly.

This post was updated at 7:15 p.m. The original post suggested the governor wanted to ban septic systems. Instead, the proposal would require high-end septic systems that would reduce nitrogen pollution.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 23

You can see a horror flick or attend a film festival about the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Movement.

NPR

Fruit Recall Hits Trader Joe's, Costco, Wal-Mart Stores

The recall applies to "certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots" from a California packing company, the FDA says.
NPR

California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.
NPR

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.