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Letters to the Editor - July 24

July 24, 2012

MDE regs will cost septic owners plenty


To the editor:

In a recent regulatory ruling by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), a regulation, 26.04.02, requiring Best Available Technology (BAT) has been proposed for new residential construction in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bays watersheds. This new regulation will also now directly affect property owners in rural areas, such as Washington County.

This regulation will affect on-site sewage disposal systems in new construction and will add additional costs to homeowners, estimated at $12,000. For existing homeowners with on-site septic systems, the regulation will require any needed repairs to conform to the new BAT and will add additional costs to maintaining those existing systems.

To make matters worse, this authority was exercised without the consent of the Maryland General Assembly and is an overreach of powers by the MDE.

The current BAT requirement was passed in the 2009 legislative session and was for property only within the Critical Bay Areas.

We feel this regulation does not apply to those areas outside of the Critical Bay and to amend the regulation to include other Maryland areas, is not within the power of the MDE. There, the Hagerstown tea party would strongly encourage all Maryland homeowners to express their comments to: Jay Prager, Deputy Program Administrator, MDE, 410-537-3780, email jprager@mde.state.md.us or fax to 410-537-3163.


Nancy S. Allen
Hagerstown Tea Party



Thanks for those who helped in tough time


To the editor:

As a survivor of the recently publicized Necrotizing Fasciitis (aka flesh-eating bacteria), I want to thank all the people and churches — especially my home church, John Wesley United Methodist Church — for putting me on their prayer lists. There is truly power in prayer.

Also, thanks to the personnel at a local urgent care and the local medical center who recognized the seriousness of my condition, and to the wonderful staff of the shock trauma center in Baltimore for their knowledge and skill, along with their caring nursing staff. I am currently working with a great physical therapy staff in Martinsburg, W.Va., to hopefully regain full use and strength of my arm. Without the combination of the above, I may not be here today. Thank you all.


Brent Hoover
Falling Waters, W.Va.

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