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S.27

Introduced by Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Bahre of Addison County, Senator Corrow of Orange County, Senator Costes of Franklin County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Ide of Caledonia County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Scott of Washington County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject: Conservation; subdivision regulations; on-site septage regulations

Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the secretary of natural resources to adopt rules that allow usage of a wide variety of technologies that are adequate for the on-site disposal of wastewater.

AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE TECHNOLOGIES THAT MAY BE USED IN THE STATE FOR ON-SITE DISPOSAL OF WASTEWATER

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 18 V.S.A. 1218(e) is added to read:

(e) The secretary shall undertake thorough efforts, in coordination with interested groups and individuals, to identify affordable and technologically-appropriate alternate on-site septage systems that are able to be permitted in most soils of the state. By no later than February 1, 2002, the secretary, with due regard for the affordability of septage systems, shall adopt rules that allow the use of alternative septage treatment systems, including intermittent sand filters, recirculating sand filters, waterless toilets and greywater disposal systems, holding tanks, and constructed wetlands. When alternative passive treatment systems are used, the minimum site and sizing requirements established for conventional subsurface disposal systems shall be reduced.