E. J. Pipkin

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland legislative panel is weighing regulations proposed by Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration to require the use of the best available technology in septic systems to remove nitrogen in new construction in most of the state.

Two Sides Clash

Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment Robert Summers told the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review that combined with regulations there would be a dramatic cut in the nitrogen produced by around 31-thousand households.

During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.