Environmental Clean Up Regulations May Have The Opposite Effect
"Cecil County officials say that a state plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay could steer development away from the county's designated growth area and onto farmland, where it would worsen sprawl and pollute the estuary even more." Maryland's plan would cap sewage treatment plant discharges to reduce nutrients that pollute the bay. "But in Cecil, the state's second-fastest-growing county, the sewage plant serving the designated growth corridor along U.S. 40 and Interstate 95 is likely to hit its state-proposed limit within the next few years, county officials say. Further development in that part of the county then would have to rely on septic systems, and it would have to spread out, probably into areas that were intended to remain rural."