SB 1003 Requires regulation of on-site sewage treatment systems
LR Number:4066L.01I Fiscal Note:4066-01
Committee:Public Health and Welfare
Last Action:03/15/00 - Hearing Conducted S Public Health & Welfare Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2000
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SB 1003 - This act pertains to on-site sewage treatment systems. The Department of Health will promulgate one set of rules to carry out its duties with regards to on-site sewage treatment systems. The Department will investigate any violations of on-site sewage treatment rules, inspect and investigate sites, and authorize experimental use of innovative systems for on-site treatment.

Political subdivisions may establish ordinances for regulation and inspection of on-site sewage treatment contractors. The political subdivisions may maintain a minimum code of standards for design, construction, materials, operation and maintenance of on-site sewage treatment systems for the disposal of wastes. A local ordinance may differ from the state regulation and inspection if the ordinance demonstrates accepted public health principles. The Department of Health may review local ordinances no more than once annually. An aggrieved municipality or county may appeal the Department of Health's decision to the State Board of Health. Any municipality or county aggrieved by the State Board of Health may appeal to the Administrative Hearing Commission.

The Prosecuting Attorney or Attorney General will institute proceedings for correction in cases of noncompliance or violations of any promulgated rule.

The Department of Health will investigate nuisance complaints and develop a state standard for the design, construction, installation and operation of on-site sewage treatment systems based on soil morphology and specific site conditions. The Department of Health will develop a mandatory registration program which requires continuing education for licensed professionals and establish an education training program for on-site sewage treatment system contractors, soil scientists, designers, loan evaluators, service maintenance contractors and administrative authorities. The education training program will be developed with an advisory professional and accreditation standards committee. The committee will consist of fourteen members with at least two members from each profession involved, including members from the Department of Health and Department of Natural Resources.