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March 20, 2013

New stormwater rules could be costly for towns

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“When you ship unfunded mandates back on the hardworking men and women that are dealing with burdens of heavy real estate taxes, it causes more pain,” Fitzgerald said. “Having each community go in and test inflows and outflows separately and distinctly doesn’t give us a holistic approach to how we should manage it.”

Fitzgerald said he wishes the mandates were more regionalized and not place a specific burden on each community.

The new stormwater regulations would affect 60 Granite State communities, including all Southern New Hampshire towns.

The public comment period for the permit continues until April 15. The regulations may be implemented as early as 90 days after the period ends.

More information about the regulations is available by visiting the EPA’s website at http://epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_2013_NH.html.

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