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House Bill No. 6768

Public Act No. 07-231

AN ACT CONCERNING THE APPROVAL OF SMALL ALTERNATIVE ON-SITE SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEMS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2007) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 439 and sections 22a-430 and 22a-430b of the general statutes, the Commissioner of Public Health shall, not later than December 31, 2008, pursuant to section 19a-36 of the general statutes, establish and define categories of discharge that constitute alternative on-site sewage treatment systems with capacities of five thousand gallons or less per day. After the establishment of such categories, said commissioner shall have jurisdiction to issue or deny permits and approvals for such systems and for all discharges of domestic sewage to the groundwaters of the state from such systems. Said commissioner shall, pursuant to section 19a-36 of the general statutes, establish minimum requirements for alternative on-site sewage treatment systems under said commissioner's jurisdiction, including, but not limited to: (1) Requirements related to activities that may occur on the property; (2) changes that may occur to the property or to buildings on the property that may affect the installation or operation of such systems; and (3) procedures for the issuance of permits or approvals by said commissioner, a local director of health, or a sanitarian licensed pursuant to chapter 395 of the general statutes. A permit or approval granted by said commissioner, such local director of health or such sanitarian for an alternative on-site sewage treatment system pursuant to this section shall: (A) Not be inconsistent with the requirements of the federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 USC. section 1251 et seq. , the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 USC. section 300f et seq. , and the standards of water quality adopted pursuant to section 22a-426 of the general statutes, as such laws and standards may be amended from time to time, (B) not be construed or deemed to be an approval for any other purpose, including, but not limited to, any planning and zoning or municipal inland wetlands and watercourses requirement, and (C) be in lieu of a permit issued under sections 22a-430 or 22a-430b of the general statutes. For purposes of this section, "alternative on-site sewage treatment system" means a sewage treatment system serving one or more buildings on a single parcel of property that utilizes a method of treatment other than a subsurface sewage disposal system and that involves a discharge of domestic sewage to the groundwaters of the state.

(b) In establishing and defining categories of discharge that constitute alternative on-site sewage treatment systems pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, and in establishing minimum requirements for such systems pursuant to section 19a-36 of the general statutes, said commissioner shall consider all relevant factors, including, but not limited to: (1) The impact that such systems or discharges may have individually or cumulatively on public health and the environment, (2) the impact that such systems and discharges may have individually or cumulatively on land use patterns, and (3) recommendations regarding responsible growth made to said commissioner by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management through the Office of Responsible Growth established by Executive Order No. 15 of Governor M. Jodi Rell.

(c) The Commissioner of Environmental Protection shall retain jurisdiction over any alternative on-site sewage treatment system not under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Public Health. The provisions of title 22a of the general statutes, shall apply to any such system not under the jurisdiction of the Commissioner of Public Health. The provisions of this section shall not affect any permit issued by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection prior to the effective date of this section and the provisions of title 22a of the general statutes, shall continue to apply to any such permit until such permit expires.

(d) A permit or approval denied by the Commissioner of Public Health, a local director of health or a sanitarian pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be subject to an appeal in the manner provided in section 19a-229 of the general statutes.

Approved July 11, 2007