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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.474

Introduced by   Representatives Clark of Vergennes, Canfield of Fair Haven, Flory of Pittsford, Jewett of Ripton, Maier of Middlebury, Nuovo of Middlebury, Oxholm of Vergennes, Peltz of Woodbury, Rodgers of Glover, Sharpe of Bristol, Stevens of Shoreham, Sunderland of Rutland Town and Winters of Williamstown

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Conservation; appropriations; on-site wastewater study

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the agency of natural resources to redirect the use of money appropriated in fiscal year 2007 for the completion of an alternative on-site wastewater system study in Addison County.

AN ACT RELATING TO AN ON-SITE WASTEWATER SYSTEM STUDY

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

Sec. 1.  ON-SITE WASTEWATER SYSTEM STUDY

(a)  The unexpended portion of the $90,000.000 appropriated under Sec. 70(h)(2) of No. 215 of the 2005 Adj. Sess. (2006) to the agency of natural resources for use for a study that identifies the unique or particular soils or site or design characteristics of a septic system that successfully works in clay soils shall be used by the agency of natural resources to conduct an alternative on-site wastewater system study in Addison County.

(b)  Under the alternative on-site wastewater system study in Addison County required by subsection (a) of this section, the agency of natural resources shall issue grants to property owners for the installation, maintenance, and monitoring of innovative or alternative on-site wastewater systems on difficult soils that do not meet the site conditions required by the agency of natural resources wastewater systems and potable water supply rules.  The information collected at each installed alternative on-site wastewater system shall be submitted to the agency of natural resources every three months for two years.  At the end of two years, the agency of natural resources shall compile the submitted information and grade the performance of each of the installed alternative systems.  Those systems performing adequately shall be recommended by the agency of natural resources for potential use in Addison County subject to any site conditions or performance standards required by the agency of natural resources.

(c)  Applicants for grants under subsection (b) of this section shall submit a proposed system design and the site conditions of the proposed site to the agency of natural resources on a form prescribed by the secretary of natural resources.  Sites located on farms or used for agriculture shall be given first priority in the award of grants under subsection (b) of this section. 



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