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AN ACT RELATING TO ALLOWING POLLUTION ABATEMENT MONIES TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH FROM WASTEWATER SYSTEMS THAT FAIL TO MEET REQUIRED ISOLATION DISTANCES FROM DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES

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

Sec. 1.  10 V.S.A. § 1625 is amended to read:

§ 1625.  AWARDS FOR POLLUTION ABATEMENT PROJECTS TO

              ABATE DRY WEATHER SEWAGE FLOWS OR PREVENT

              CREATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARDS

(a)  When the department finds that a proposed water pollution abatement project is necessary to maintain water quality standards during dry weather sewage flows, or when the department finds that a proposed project is necessary to prevent a public health hazard due to wastewater systems within the municipality failing to meet current isolation distances to drinking water supplies, and that the proposed type, kind, quality, size, and estimated cost, including operation cost and sewage disposal charges, of the project are suitable for abatement of pollution or preventing contamination of water supplies, and the pollution abatement project or the prescribed pollution abatement project phases are necessary to meet the intent of the water quality classifications established by the board or by statute under chapter 47 of this title, the department may award to municipalities a state assistance grant of up to 25 35 percent of the eligible project cost, provided that in no case shall the total of the state and federal grants exceed 90 percent of the eligible project costs:

(1)  except that the 90 percent limitation shall not apply when the municipality provides, as their local share, federal funds allocated to them for the purpose of matching other federal grant programs having a matching requirement,; and

(2)  except that the total of state and federal grants issued under P.L.

92-500 section 202(a)(2) may equal up to 95 percent of the eligible costs for innovative or alternative wastewater treatment processes and techniques.

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Sec. 2.  10 V.S.A. § 1625(c) is amended to read:

(c)  Any municipality having proceeded with construction of facilities with a state grant of 25 percent since July 1, 1984 shall be eligible for an increase in the state grant to a total of 35 percent of the eligible project costs.  [Deleted.]



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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