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Push For Top-Grade Septic Systems Faces Resistance

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Del. Maggie McIntosh is a Baltimore Democrat who chairs the House Environmental Matters Committee. She says she's recommending the delay on the septic system legislation because lawmakes from both parties are worried about its economic impact.

McIntosh says an outright ban would have a disproportionate impact on several counties in Maryland. She also says the proposal should be coupled with initiatives that help farms and rural counties.

She's sent a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley requesting that a task force study the potential economic fallout and report back by Dec. 1.

The bill would mandate new developments of five homes or more operate on top-grade shared septic systems.

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