Post, 16 Jun 2009 (Wagner).
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. raised the prospect yesterday of a state overhaul of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission if local leaders cannot address what he called "total incompetence" at the agency before the legislature reconvenes in January.
In a tartly worded letter to Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), Miller (D-Calvert) cited two recent spills of raw sewage in making a case that major changes are needed at WSSC, which provides water and sewer services to 1.8 million people in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.
"These recent events confirm that WSSC has sunk to levels of incompetence that we should all be embarrassed to see," wrote Miller, whose district includes part of Prince George's. "The needs have been well-documented and yet WSSC commissioners representing our county have sat idly by, while pipe after pipe has burst. . . . We cannot simply shrug our shoulders and accept delays and excuses for such things as raw sewage flowing into sensitive environmental areas again and again."
(Posted 16 Jun 2009)