Baltimore Sun: House-Senate Panel OKs Easing Pollution Curbs

 Emergency Regulations
From the Baltimore Sun:

“An O’Malley administration proposal to ease Maryland’s stringent new storm-water pollution rules won legislative approval Tuesday night, capping a fierce debate over whether the Chesapeake Bay would suffer from giving developers more time and leeway in having to clamp down on rainfall washing off their building projects.

After a three-hour hearing, the House-Senate Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review overwhelmingly endorsed emergency changes to state storm-water pollution regulations that are scheduled to take effect in a month. The revisions were proposed by the Maryland Department of the Environment after an outcry from developers and local officials had prompted lawmakers to move to roll back the regulations by legislation.”

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