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Friday, May 3, 2013

New On-Lot Sewage Regulations Debated

New On-Lot Sewage Regulations Debated

May 3rd, 2013
onlotProposed new on-lot sewage disposal regulations that are geared toward protecting Pennsylvania’s high-quality and exceptional value streams, many of which are located in Potter County, are the focus of a political debate in Harrisburg. The rules would limit nitrate discharges from septic systems and prohibit landowners from installing systems within a 150-foot buffer zone around the special waterways.

Supporters claim the restrictions are needed to protect a precious and dwindling natural resource. Opponents argue the new regulations would restrict land development and drive up costs. They allege the state does not have the science supporting the limits, and they maintain that restrictions should take into account specific conditions of each site, such as groundwater recharge rates, soils, topography and other factors.

Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) has extended a public comment period on the proposed new regulations to June 3. Written comments are being accepted by Thomas Starosta, Division of Planning and Permits, PO Box 8774, Harrisburg PA 17105-8774, or via email at tstarosta@pa.gov.

8 comments :

Anonymous said...

Just who is going to regulate this? The DEP can't do the job now.

Anonymous said...

Of course, go after the soft targets that take less paper work. Oil/gas companies have at it, once they pollute the fines are much more worth it than the pollution for our state. Now, I love farmers and support them 100% but really when they are spreading the waste from the farm on fields that border small and large streams? Come on what the heck!

Anonymous said...

We do need some one looking into these things . Right in southern potter raw sewage runs directly into the streams! And the supervisors know it!

Anonymous said...

doesn't it cost enough to build a house as it is. With more regulations will come higher permit and design fees, I don't know about you, but I'm not made of money.

Anonymous said...

It's already a hassle to get a septic permit in Potter County. It cost us a small forture last year to get all the testing done before we could even get the permit. Regulating pollution is one thing, but go after the big polluters and don't make it even more difficult to build a home.

Anonymous said...

You do know that the sewage has been going in the streams for centuries and no one that I know of has died from it yet. This is just another way for the beaurecrats to have more money for their pockets and the rest of the people end up paying more money then they can afford. As far the farmers go, they have a hard enough time making money without more government regulations. It's ok for the shale industry to poison the water and I don't see a lot of government agencies getting upset about that as long as palms get greased.

Anonymous said...

You know, they want this to be a tourist area, nobody living here, no industry, no jobs, just an entertainment area for the visitors, this will help in that quest, because no one here, unless they have $$$$$$$, will be able to afford to %^$#$%$%$$#, then Harrisburg will be happy.

Anonymous said...

Heard several years back that Harrisburg wants NO ONE living above I-80.