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O'Malley fees: No wonder Virginia's economy is doing better than Md.

Gov. Martin O'Malley taxes and "fees" still continue.

There was a letter sent out by the Maryland Department of the Environment in September to industrial waste water dischargers in Maryland. It is important to note that even those industries that take in and then discharge water from rivers or the Chesapeake are considered an industrial discharger even if it is only used as non-contact cooling water.

For decades industries have paid fees to withdraw the water and discharge the very same water with zero added chemicals of any kind. The fees no doubt help to pay for the cost of the permit and the inspector to ensure the permits are being followed.

But now comes another incredible money grab from Mr. O'Malley. Much like the excuse that our tolls had not been raised for many years (whose fault is that?) they used the same logic here. The primary difference? Just look at the proposed fee schedule the "business friendly" administration has proposed.

•100,001 to 250,000 gallons per day (GPD) from $3,000 to $7,500 per year.

•250,001 to 1 million GPD from $4,000 to $12,000 per year.

•1,000,001 to 5 million GPD from $4,000 to $17,500 per year.

•5,000,001 to 50 million GPD from $4,000 to $20,000 per year.

•50,000,001 to 100,000,000 GPD from $4,000 to $25,000 per year.

•100,000,001 to 250,000,000 GPD from $4,000 to $30,000 per year.

•Greater than 250,000,000 GPD from $4,000 to $35,000 per year.

And we wonder why the Virginia economy is doing so much better than Maryland?

Tony Peterson, Baltimore

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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