Presentation on theme: "Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program OSEs/PEs VDH Operators Septic contractors Local government Property owners Well drillers Homebuilders Manufacturers Realtors."— Presentation transcript:
Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program OSEs/PEs VDH Operators Septic contractors Local government Property owners Well drillers Homebuilders Manufacturers Realtors Dwayne Roadcap Division of Onsite Sewage, Water Services, Environmental Engineering, and Marina Programs
3 Regulation Needs and Issues AOSE Regulation repeal Civil Penalty Regulations Alternative Discharging Regulations Fee Regulations Indemnification Fund Regulations Private Well Regulations Sewage Handling and Disposal Regulations Emergency Regulation Implementation AOSS Regulations—repeal of N
4 Other Needs and Issues SHIFT Process Local ordinances Variances Indemnification Fund cases Conflict Management—EDRP and Appeals IFFCs Court cases Product reviews and approvals Uranium Mining
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 trench GMP 116 – 50-ft-long gravelless trench equivalent to 100 ft-long gravel trench GMP 135 – 75-ft-long gravelless trench equivalent to 100 ft-long gravel trench – **subject of legislation** VDH has allowed gravelless drainfield technologies as a replacement for a gravel and pipe trench since 1987. Current VDH Gravelless Policy
12VAC5-610-950. Absorption area design. REVISED Table 5.4 - Establishes gravelless sizing based upon percolation rate, similar to gravel
Gravel Per Sewage Handling and Disposal Regulations -Primary area footprint = 100’ L x 30’ W = 3,000 sf -50% repair area = 3,000 sf x 50% = 1,500 sf -Total onsite system footprint = 4,500 sf Primary Area Gravelless System Under New Regulations -Eliminate one trench from gravel design -Primary area footprint = 100’ L x 21’ W = 2,100 sf -50% repair area = 2,100 sf x 50% = 1,050 sf -Total onsite system footprint = 3,150 sf Gravelless Drainfield Options – Change Trench Number 50% Repair Area Primary Area 50% Repair Area Total Footprint = 4,500 sf Total Footprint = 3,150 sf
Gravel Per Sewage Handling and Disposal Regulations -Primary area footprint = 100’ L x 30’ W = 3,000 sf -50% repair area = 3,000 sf x 50% = 1,500 sf -Total onsite system footprint = 4,500 sf Primary Area Gravelless System Under New Regulations -Change 100’ gravel trench length to 75’ for gravelless -Primary area footprint = 75’ L x 30’ W = 2,250 sf -50% repair area = 2,250 sf x 50% = 1,125 sf -Total onsite system footprint = 3,375 sf Gravelless Drainfield Options – Change Trench Length 50% Repair Area Total Footprint = 4,500 sf Primary Area Total Footprint = 3,375 sf 50% Repair Area
AOSE Regulations: Emergency Regulations expired in 2001 Final Regulations took effect July 1, 2002 Being repealed, no authority
How to maximize private sector participation To the greatest extent possible While providing adequate oversight To protect public health and the environment.
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?
Members Builders/realtorsMike Toalson CEO, Home Builders Association of Virginia Builders/realtorsTyler Craddock VA Manufactured and Modular Housing Association Builders/realtorsNeil Williamson Governmental Affairs Director, Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors Environmental interestDan Holmes Piedmont Environmental Council Environmental interestEd Dunn Virginia Environmental Health Association Homeowners/citizensLarry Wallace Virginia State Program Manager, SERCAP Homeowners/citizensBill Timmins VDH Sewage Handling & Disposal Advisory Committee Local government officialsErik Johnston Director of Government Affairs, Virginia Association of Counties 13
Local government officials (planners, building officials, administrators) Jeff Gore Legislative Liaison, Loudoun County ManufacturersDave Lentz Regulatory Director, Infiltrator Systems Inc. Onsite sewage system professionals Jim Slusser AOSE; President, VA Association of AOSEs Onsite sewage system professionals Tony BibleAOSE Onsite sewage system professionals Curtis MooreAOSE/VOWRA Representative Onsite sewage system professionals Tim ReynoldsReynolds-Clark Development Members
15 InstallersSandra Gentry Manager, Gentry Septic Tank Service/Secretary, VOWRA/VDH Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board InstallersJohn Powell Powell's Plumbing/VOWRA BOD InstallersJohn Ewing Onsite sewage system professionals Joel PinnixPresident, Obsidian Inc. Onsite sewage system professionals Jeff WalkerPresident Elect, VAPSS Onsite sewage system professionals Bill SledjeskiCPSS/AOSE Members
Advisory Committee Chairman Vincent Day Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee/Chairman, Virginia Assn. of American Geologists VDH staffJim Bowles Environmental Health Coordinator, VDH Office of Environmental Health Services VDH staffCharles Devine, M.D. Health Director, Lord Fairfax Health District VDH staffScott Honaker Environmental Health Manager, Mt. Rogers Health District Members
Well DrillersJimmy Bundick Bundick Well & Pump Co./VA Well Water Assoc. VP Resource MembersDwayne Roadcap Division Director, Onsite Sewage and Water Services Division, VDH Resource MembersAllen Knapp Director, Office of Environmental Health Services, VDH Resource MembersMark Courtney Senior Director for Licensing and Regulation, DPOR Resource MembersLarry GetzlerChief Economic Analyst, DPB IENFrank Dukes The Institute for Environmental Negotiation IENTanya Denckla Cobb The Institute for Environmental Negotiation IENKelly Wilder The Institute for Environmental Negotiation IENJason Knickmeyer The Institute for Environmental Negotiation Members
Data Requests Cooperative agreements Local ordinances Backlog data Belief by some that VDH taking longer to process supporting work Staffing levels and workload AOSS and O&M data Indemnification fund data
Agreements: VDH oversight and education role New construction, existing systems, and wells Consistency: policy, interpretations, work product HBAV, VAR, and VACO Private sector charges would rise Cost, Quality, Time, and Access (competition & choice)
Disagreements: VDH fees VDH performing AOSS or COSS work Conflicts of interest and ethics *****Without agreement, what is the likely fall back position?
Cost Benefit Analysis ChangingNot Changing Benefits 1.Movement toward your interests and positions 2.Reduce programmatic conflict 1.You know what you got. 2.No need to compromise Costs 1.New and different expectations (training & oversight) 2.Unintended consequences 3.Costs will likely rise 1.Winners and Losers 2.No Peace in the Valley— malaise continues 3.Regulator/Service Provider Model Entrenched
Opportunities for Change Fees Work Product Expectations Setting a roadmap for orderly transition 22
Levels of Controversy Subdivision lots Certification Letters Subdivisions with prior work Certification letters with prior work Voluntary Upgrades Safe, Adequate and Proper Reviews Construction permits – pump to gravity Repairs & Emergencies 23