SB 0206 Changes statutes dealing with on-site sewage treatment systems
LR Number:0855L.01I Fiscal Note:0855-01
Committee:Commerce and Environment
Last Action:03/06/01 - Hearing Conducted S Commerce & Environment Committee Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 2001
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SB 206 - This act revises provisions relating to on-site sewage treatment systems. The current exemption from the statutes for owners of single family lots is removed and private land owners may install or modify their own sewage treatment system but must do so in compliance with the state standard for on-site sewage treatment systems. Localities may adopt differing ordinances if they demonstrate accepted public health principles. A review and appeal process is provided.

The length of time to correct a nuisance or repair a malfunction in conditions which prevent the repair or abatement within thirty days is changed from sixty days to a time set by the Department of Health. The Department of Health would be allowed to prosecute complaints where emergencies exist through the Attorney General as well as the local prosecuting attorney. This act now requires the Department of Health to investigate nuisance complaints as part of a communicable disease investigation.

This act changes the state standard for on-site sewage treatment systems to one based on soil morphology and specific site conditions rather than on percolation. The Department of Health is required to have a mandatory rather than a voluntary registration program for certain licensed professionals and must develop broader training. Installers of on-site sewage treatment systems are must notify the administrative authority prior to commencing and completing an installation.