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New proposed septic systems rules proposed to help the state of the Chesapeake Bay are coming under fire from Maryland lawmakers.
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New proposed septic systems rules proposed to help the state of the Chesapeake Bay are coming under fire from Maryland lawmakers.

Maryland senators are criticizing regulations proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment to control septic runoff, according to the Associated Press. 

The state agency wants to require anyone who builds near the Atlantic Ocean or the Chesapeake Bay to use the best available technology to remove nitrogen from septic systems. The trouble is, the Senate declined to pass that requirement two years ago when it was a bill.

State Sen. David Brinkley (R-Frederick) is accusing the O'Malley administration of trying to bypass the legislature, the AP reports. Senate President Mike Miller (D-Calvert) agreed, saying it was inappropriate for the department to propose something the Senate had rejected.

Brinkley attempted to pass a bill in the legislature's special session yesterday that would require legislative approval of the rules, but it failed.

The runoff rules will be addressed in next year's session, according to Miller.

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