Sep­tic tech­nol­ogy rule served no pur­pose

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Gary N. Michael, Bald­win

Bravo to Gov. Larry Ho­gan for rolling back the re­quire­ment that home­own­ers use the best avail­able tech­nol­ogy sep­tic sys­tems even though they’re liv­ing nowhere near the state’s en­vi­ron­men­tally crit­i­cal ar­eas (“Gov. Ho­gan will roll back O’Mal­ley-era sep­tic rule, de­mands re­peal of “road kill bill,” Aug. 20).

Home­own­ers who were forced to in­stall th­ese costly sep­tic sys­tems were re­quired to spend as much as three times as much for a tech­nol­ogy that has yet to show any ben­e­fits.

Per­haps Gov­er­nor Ho­gan and the state will con­sider is­su­ing a re­bate or some fi­nan­cial con­ces­sions to those of us who com­plied with yet an­other oner­ous law.

We are forced to have th­ese sys­tems in­spected an­nu­ally, adding yet more fi­nan­cial bur­den and hassle. Who pays when the govern­ment over­steps its bound­aries and en­acts laws with no proven ben­e­fit? The cit­i­zens, as usual.

The least the state could do is make amends for a failed en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­gram with no known ben­e­fits out­side the state’s crit­i­cal ar­eas.

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