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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 30, 2021 01:10 PM
From: Representative Curtis G. Sonney
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring 10 conventional on-lot septic systems options
 
For too long DEP has not been clear or expressed any understanding when it comes to which means of on-lot septic systems are usable within the Commonwealth. At this time private property owners can either utilize a “conventional on-lot sewage system” or an “alternate system”, the former being preferred by DEP and generally simpler to permit.
What is deemed “conventional” has varied over the years and is not applicable to a large swathe of Pennsylvania communities and geographies. “Alternate” systems seem like a smart means to allow for other technologies in more challenging environments, but DEP has made permitting difficult, expensive, and risky for any on-lot septic system outside the norm. It is time for DEP to be explicit in their expectations for on-lot sewage management and provide a reasonable number of options for citizens to choose which sewage disposal means best suits their personal needs and the needs of their property.
For these reasons I urge you to join me in amending the PA Sewage Facilities Act to mandate DEP construct, retain and make publicly available at least 10 established manners of conventional on-lot sewage systems. Ideally, residents and contractors will be able to utilize the clear compilation of approved conventional systems to find those which cooperate best with whichever property needs a septic system installed or updated.
Let us continue to listen to our constituents about the day-to-day issues that cause unnecessary expense, time and trouble to their lives. With this amendment we will add clarity to the law, ease the permitting process, and save both DEP and our fellow citizens from the extensive hassle that comes with on-lot septic systems. I urge you to please join me in addressing this issue.
 
Prior HB 2736.  Former cosponsors include: BERNSTINE, CIRESI, DeLUCA, GLEIM, JONES, MILLARD, MOUL, ROAE, ZIMMERMAN, SAYLOR and KEEFER
 

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Introduced as HB1447