Introduced by Representatives Hosford of Waitsfield, Branagan of Georgia, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Klein of East Montpelier, Martin of Wolcott, Miller of Shaftsbury and Otterman of Topsham
Subject: Conservation; water supply aid; isolation distances not met
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to allow pollution abatement awards to protect the public health from wastewater systems that fail to meet required isolation distances from drinking water supplies.
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 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:
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
(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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