Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Saturday he will end a statewide mandate for homeowners and businesses to use what’s called “best available technology” in septic systems when they construct or enlarge buildings, a policy put in place by his predecessor to fight pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Hogan, a Republican, made the announcement in his closing speech to the Maryland Association of Counties, where he said he’s heard the call of many local officials to end the requirements homeowners and businesses have found burdensome and expensive.

“We will deliver this much-needed relief while continuing to ensure that environmental safeguards are in place,” Hogan said, adding he planned to officially pull back the regulations Monday.