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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-151.  House concurrent resolution commending the members of the Act 133 technical advisory committee for the outstanding work in response to its mandate under the act.

(H.C.R.108)

Offered by:  Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources

Whereas, in 2002, after a technically complicated and politically challenging effort, the General Assembly adopted S.27, “An act relating to increasing the technologies that may be used in the state for on-site disposal of wastewater,” and on June 13 of that year, the governor signed the bill into law as Act No. 133 of the 2001 Adjourned Session (2002), and

Whereas, this measure will have an impact on thousands of Vermonters constructing new or improving existing residential or commercial wastewater systems, and

Whereas, in order that the secretary of natural resources can implement the new law’s provisions with greater clarity and specificity, Act 133 established a technical advisory committee to be appointed by the governor and to comprise “at least one representative of the following entities,” including “professional engineers, site technicians, well drillers, hydrogeologists, town officials with jurisdiction over potable water supplies and wastewater systems, water quality specialists, technical staff of the agency of natural resources, and technical staff of the department of health,” and

Whereas, the technical advisory committee was directed to report annually for five successive years, starting in January 2003 to the chairs of the House committee on fish, wildlife and water resources and the House and Senate committees on natural resources and energy on a number of pertinent topics related to Act 133’s implementation, and

Whereas, since its establishment in accordance with the Act, the committee has pursued its task enthusiastically and professionally, notwithstanding the enormous external pressures to stray from scientific principles, and

Whereas, the committee’s fifth and final annual report, issued on January 15, 2007, addresses comprehensively the current status of major issues pertaining to Act 133’s implementation and completes a task to which the committee has devoted five years of intensive attention, and

Whereas, all the committee’s current members, including professional engineers Bernard Chenette P.E., John Forcier P.E., Lance Phelps P.E., Alan Huizenga P.E. and alternate Brad Aldrich P.E.; licensed designers Gerald Kittle, Spencer Harris, Barbara Willis, and alternate Justin Willis; well driller Jeff Williams; hydrogeologists Craig Heindel, and Stephen Revell and David Cotton P.E.; municipal official Philip Dechert of Norwich; water quality specialist Kimberly Greenwood; agency of natural resources technical staff persons Allison Lowry, Rodney Pingree, and Roger Thompson, and health department technical staff person Gail Center, performed their respective committee duties diligently and thoughtfully, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly commends and expresses its sincere appreciation to the Act 133 technical advisory committee for the outstanding quality of its 2007 annual report, and for all of its work during the past five years since its establishment under the provisions of Act 133, and be it further 

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each Act 133 technical advisory committee members.



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