Water pollution hearing set
A public hearing on a new federally mandated regulation on water pollution will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the classroom building at Hagerstown Junior College.
The state intends to establish "total maximum daily loads" for nitrogen and phosphorus pollution into the Chesapeake Bay.
The regulation would limit how much of each pollutant could be discharged into bay tributaries. It could ultimately affect farmers, businesses and sewage treatment plants.
Jeffrey Rein, deputy program manager for wastewater permitting for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said the state would use a combination of voluntary and regulatory methods already at its disposal to enforce the maximum loads.