April 10, 2012|By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
While others found much to criticize about this year's General Assembly, environmental activists hailed it Tuesday as the most significant in decades for advancing long-running efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
In a year when lawmakers balked at raising taxes or fees for other purposes, they approved the doubling of a "flush fee" for fixing up Maryland's sewage treatment plants and ordered the state's largest communities to levy fees on their property owners to fix polluted runoff from city and suburban streets and parking lots.
Legislators also finally approved long-debated curbs on growth using septic tanks, which officials have warned for years could undermine bay cleanup efforts if not curtailed.
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