Massachusetts frets over costly stormwater regs

01/27/2010 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Federal officials unveiled a plan that would require 84 communities in Massachusetts to comply with new regulations to reduce elevated levels of phosphorus and other pollutants carried by stormwater into rivers. However, some town officials fear the rules will be costly. Municipalities now spend an average of $94,000 a year to comply with existing federal regulations, and the new plan would increase that cost by $20,000 to $70,000.

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