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Sewer Stoppage

Boswell Lane extension rejected by state.

The controversial Boswell Lane sewer extension has been rejected by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

The sewer line had been approved during a lame-duck council session last November, even though it violates the Potomac Master Plan.

“We’re very happy,” said Susanne Lee, president of the West Montgomery County Citizen’s Association. “We believe that [the rejection is] consistent with the master plan.

In the past, Ray Anderson, an MDE official who handles these applications, had stated that the state virtually never rejects them. At this point, it is unclear what the appeals process might be, or how it will affect proposed development on Boswell.

The MDE’s decision has been forwarded to the office of County Executive Doug Duncan (D). No one in Duncan’s office was available for comment before the Almanac’s press deadline.