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Senator says 'Plan B' is ready for critics of draft springs legislation

Columbia County Commissioner Ronald Williams praises draft springs legislation before a Senate committee but says the bill needs to go further to reduce regional over-pumping of groundwater. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

Sen. David Simmons told a Senate workshop on Thursday that he has a new draft springs bill that will take out a section that has raised concerns for cities, counties and business groups.

The Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation held a two-hour workshop on a draft springs bill that would require septic tanks to be upgraded or hooked to sewers near springs with elevated nitrogen levels.

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