Presentation on theme: "Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program"— Presentation transcript:
1 Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program ManufacturersOperatorsHomebuildersOSEs/PEsVirginia’s Onsite Sewage ProgramLocal governmentSeptic contractorsRealtorsWell drillersProperty ownersVDHPrepare Three EnvelopesA fellow had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three numbered envelopes. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," he said. Well, things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a downturn and he was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor." The new CEO called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press -- and Wall Street - responded positively, sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him. About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize." This he did, and the company quickly rebounded. After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times. The CEO went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope. The message said, "Prepare three envelopes."Dwayne RoadcapDivision of Onsite Sewage, Water Services,Environmental Engineering, and Marina Programs
2 Policy Needs and Issues Update GMP #143—Peat disposalAOSS implementation manualRevise GMP #147-treatmentBMP PolicyKSAT manualVoluntary upgradesDirect Dispersal PolicyEmergency RegulationsGIS policyUpdate QA/QC policySafe, adequate, and proper policyRescind GMP #122Revise and update GMP #126.BErrata sheet for SHDRSeptic Lagoon Issue
3 Regulation Needs and Issues AOSE Regulation repealCivil Penalty RegulationsAlternative Discharging RegulationsFee RegulationsIndemnification Fund RegulationsPrivate Well RegulationsSewage Handling and Disposal RegulationsEmergency Regulation ImplementationAOSS Regulations—repeal of N
4 Other Needs and Issues SHIFT Process Local ordinances Variances Indemnification Fund casesConflict Management—EDRP and AppealsIFFCsCourt casesProduct reviews and approvalsUranium Mining
5 Current VDH Gravelless Policy VDH regulates gravelless systems under 3 General Memoranda of Practice (GMPs):GMP 127 – General authorization of gravel substitutes installed foot-for-foot with a gravel trenchGMP 116 – 50-ft-long gravelless trench equivalent to ft-long gravel trenchGMP 135 – 75-ft-long gravelless trench equivalent to ft-long gravel trench – **subject of legislation**VDH has allowed gravelless drainfield technologies as a replacement for a gravel and pipe trench since 1987.
6 12VAC5-610-950. Absorption area design. REVISED Table Establishes gravelless sizing based upon percolation rate, similar to gravel
7 Gravelless Drainfield Options – Change Trench Number Gravel Per Sewage Handling and Disposal RegulationsPrimary area footprint = 100’ L x 30’ W = 3,000 sf50% repair area = 3,000 sf x 50% = 1,500 sfTotal onsite system footprint = 4,500 sf50% Repair AreaPrimary AreaTotal Footprint =4,500 sfGravelless System Under New RegulationsEliminate one trench from gravel designPrimary area footprint = 100’ L x 21’ W = 2,100 sf50% repair area = 2,100 sf x 50% = 1,050 sfTotal onsite system footprint = 3,150 sf50% Repair AreaPrimary AreaTotal Footprint= 3,150 sf
8 Gravelless Drainfield Options – Change Trench Length Gravel Per Sewage Handling and Disposal RegulationsPrimary area footprint = 100’ L x 30’ W = 3,000 sf50% repair area = 3,000 sf x 50% = 1,500 sfTotal onsite system footprint = 4,500 sf50% Repair AreaPrimary AreaTotal Footprint =4,500 sfGravelless System Under New RegulationsChange 100’ gravel trench length to 75’ for gravellessPrimary area footprint = 75’ L x 30’ W = 2,250 sf50% repair area = 2,250 sf x 50% = 1,125 sfTotal onsite system footprint = 3,375 sf50%Repair AreaPrimary AreaTotal Footprint = 3,375 sf
9 AOSE Regulations: Emergency Regulations expired in 2001 Final Regulations took effect July 1, 2002Being repealed, no authority
11 SHIFT How to maximize private sector participation To the greatest extent possibleWhile providing adequate oversightTo protect public health and the environment.
12 SHIFT Meeting #1: Why are we here? Meeting #2: What’s wrong/good now? Meeting #3: What should the future hold?Meeting #4: What are the best ideas?Meeting #5: How can we improve best ideas?
13 Members Builders/realtors Mike Toalson CEO, Home Builders Association of VirginiaTyler CraddockVA Manufactured and Modular Housing AssociationNeil WilliamsonGovernmental Affairs Director, Charlottesville Area Association of RealtorsEnvironmental interestDan HolmesPiedmont Environmental CouncilEd DunnVirginia Environmental Health AssociationHomeowners/citizensLarry WallaceVirginia State Program Manager, SERCAPBill TimminsVDH Sewage Handling & Disposal Advisory CommitteeLocal government officialsErik JohnstonDirector of Government Affairs, Virginia Association of Counties
14 MembersLocal government officials (planners, building officials, administrators)Jeff GoreLegislative Liaison, Loudoun CountyManufacturersDave LentzRegulatory Director, Infiltrator Systems Inc.Onsite sewage system professionalsJim SlusserAOSE; President, VA Association of AOSEsTony BibleAOSECurtis MooreAOSE/VOWRA RepresentativeTim ReynoldsReynolds-Clark Development
15 Members Installers Sandra Gentry Manager, Gentry Septic Tank Service/Secretary, VOWRA/VDH Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review BoardJohn PowellPowell's Plumbing/VOWRA BODJohn EwingOnsite sewage system professionalsJoel PinnixPresident, Obsidian Inc.Jeff WalkerPresident Elect, VAPSSBill SledjeskiCPSS/AOSE
16 Members Advisory Committee Chairman Vincent Day Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee/Chairman, Virginia Assn. of American GeologistsVDH staffJim BowlesEnvironmental Health Coordinator, VDH Office of Environmental Health ServicesCharles Devine, M.D.Health Director, Lord Fairfax Health DistrictScott HonakerEnvironmental Health Manager, Mt. Rogers Health District
17 Members Well Drillers Jimmy Bundick Bundick Well & Pump Co./VA Well Water Assoc. VPResource MembersDwayne RoadcapDivision Director, Onsite Sewage and Water Services Division, VDHAllen KnappDirector, Office of Environmental Health Services, VDHMark CourtneySenior Director for Licensing and Regulation, DPORLarry GetzlerChief Economic Analyst, DPBIENFrank DukesThe Institute for Environmental NegotiationTanya Denckla CobbKelly WilderJason Knickmeyer
18 Data Requests Cooperative agreements Local ordinances Backlog data Belief by some that VDH taking longer to process supporting workStaffing levels and workloadAOSS and O&M dataIndemnification fund data
19 Agreements: VDH oversight and education role New construction, existing systems, and wellsConsistency: policy, interpretations, work productHBAV, VAR, and VACOPrivate sector charges would riseCost, Quality, Time, and Access (competition & choice)
20 Disagreements: VDH fees VDH performing AOSS or COSS work Conflicts of interest and ethics*****Without agreement, what is the likely fall back position?
21 Cost Benefit Analysis Changing Not Changing BenefitsMovement toward your interests and positionsReduce programmatic conflictYou know what you got.No need to compromiseCostsNew and different expectations (training & oversight)Unintended consequencesCosts will likely riseWinners and LosersNo Peace in the Valley—malaise continuesRegulator/Service Provider Model Entrenched
22 Opportunities for Change FeesWork Product ExpectationsSetting a roadmap for orderly transition
23 Levels of Controversy Subdivision lots Certification Letters Subdivisions with prior workCertification letters with prior workVoluntary UpgradesSafe, Adequate and Proper ReviewsConstruction permits – pump to gravityRepairs & Emergencies