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on-site - Texas Onsite Wastewater

on-site Spring1994, Volume 3, Number 1 TNRCC \fiil Hold Hearing on Draft Rules Feb ,28 in Austin This is a specialissue of Oru-Srle Insigbts.Mostimportantly, the issue be installed. Finally, a new schedule offees has been proposed. features a summanr of new draft regulations for on-site wastewater The regulations were published in theJanuary 25 issue of theTexas systems that have been proposed by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Comniision (TNRCC). by calling the TNRCC on-site wastewater staff at (512) 453-8260. Register (pages 404-426i4, Acopy of the draft regulations can be obtained The proposed new regulations will, if adopted, have a significant A public hearing concerning the new regulations has been scheduledforFebruary28atg AMin Room 201S, TNRCC BuildingE, 12100 Park impact on the on-site wastewater industry in Texas as well as on the consumers that rely on these systems. The draft rules address such topics 35 Circle in Austin. The TRNCC building is roughly B miles north ofAustin as the training and licensing ofinstallers, inspectors, site evaluators, and onl-35. The Parmer Road exit is the nearest to the building. The TNRCC designated representatives who work with these systems. The draft rules staff can provide directions how to get to the meeting. All interested also address the specificriteria in which different types of systems may parties are urged to attend and provide comments at this meeting. NRCC Proposes Sweeprng Rule Changes for On-siteVastewater Systems By Sberman Hart, On- Sit e Vasten ater Teant agents request and are approved to perform the reviews, Texas Natural Resource Conseruation Commission . Allvariances must be approved by the TNRCC. Authorized agents Austin, TX may request and be approved to grant vanances. . New regulations have been drafted by the Texas Natural Resource Allsubdivisions plans must be reviewed by the TNRCC. Authorized Conservation Commission (TNRCC) concerning the regulation of on-site agents may request and be approved to conducthe reviews. Only professional wastewater treatment and disposal systems, engineers (not registered sanitarians) can requesthat Many of the changes involve,a new method to classify systems as exceptions to minimum lot sizes be granted for new subdivision plan standard, non-standard or proprietary (see Table on page B). Different reviews. AII subdivision site evaluation criteria must be published in levels of training will be required for the various types of systems. For county maps, deeds, and records. . example, only class II installers will be able to work with many nonstandard or proprietarv systems. Srate-issued permits for standard designs willcost $200. Non-standard systems must be designed bya professionalengineer ora registered The following information summarizes some of the keypoints of the sanitarian design and will cost $400. . propoSed rules, Reinspection fees for failed . New requirements are proposed concerning the training and certification of installers, inspectors and site evaluators (see related story on inspections will be $100 for standard systems and $200 for nonstandard systems. pageT).lnstallers, inspectors and site evaluators willbe required to . attend classes and pass a testwithin ayearafterthe rules are passed. Anew The TNRCC can seek criminal, civil and/or administrative i n . t h i s . i s s u e category, Installer II, is being created, with accompanying training and testing requirements. Only those who are certified as an installer II will be penalties against anyone who violates any provision of the rules. Council Members 2 Clarification 2 allowed to installnon-standard systems. Eight hours of continuing education are required annually for installers, site evaluators and designated . All septic tank designs must BibliogrzphicDatabase 3 represenuuves. be approved by the TNRCC. Tank FEATURE 4 Soils of the Hill Country: . The rules require professional designs on most systems, except manufacturers must keep records Implications single-family residences utilizing a conventional rock, leaching chamber, ofwho buys the tanks and where Publications or gravel-less pipe. they are installed. It is no longer New Draft Training . The TNRCC will review all non-standard designs, unless authorized Continued on page 8

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