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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: June 17, 2015 12:06 PM
From: Representative Sandra Major
To: All House members
Subject: PA Sewage Facilities Act Amendment - Providing for use of holding tanks

Rural areas across the commonwealth continually face wastewater challenges and centralized treatment facilities are simply impractical and often impossible in rural counties. This leaves few affordable options for our residents. As an alternative, holding tanks offer an inexpensive and highly effective option for wastewater management. In fact, tanks are proven to be as safe and environmentally responsible as centralized treatment facilities.

Holding tanks are not currently permitted for new construction. However, these systems are commonly used in Pennsylvania to replace failed systems when other options are not available.

In the near future, I will introduce legislation to amend Act 537, the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, to allow for the use of holding tanks for new construction on lots of less than one acre created before 1972, consistent with related provisions in Act 537. I encourage your cosponsorship of this legislation.

Introduced as HB1424