Not Just A State Issue!

22 Feb
” The EPA recently finalized the Chesapeake Bay total maximum daily load (TMDL) for nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment for each of the 92 segments in the tidal portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The TMDL applies to Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The final plan addresses what EPA considered to be deficiencies in draft plans submitted by the jurisdictions.

The TMDL includes backstop allocations and adjustments for the wastewater sector in New York, the urban stormwater sector in Pennsylvania, and the agriculture sector in West Virginia.

In addition, EPA will provide enhanced oversight of Pennsylvania agriculture, Virginia and West Virginia urban stormwater, and Pennsylvania and West Virginia wastewater. If the jurisdictions do not make sufficient progress, EPA may use contingencies that include additional controls on permitted sources of pollution, such as wastewater treatment plants, large animal feeding operations, and municipal stormwater systems.”

In other words, if the state of Maryland along with other Chesapeake Bay border states fail to get the pollution levels down, we will be defying the federal government! Septic legislation is one of the tools that Governor O’Malley is using to abide by the EPA’s regulations.


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