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1 Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program
Manufacturers Operators Homebuilders OSEs/PEs Virginia’s Onsite Sewage Program Local government Septic contractors Realtors Well drillers Property owners VDH Prepare Three Envelopes A 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 Roadcap Division of Onsite Sewage, Water Services, Environmental Engineering, and Marina Programs

2 Policy Needs and Issues
Update GMP #143—Peat disposal AOSS implementation manual Revise GMP #147-treatment BMP Policy KSAT manual Voluntary upgrades Direct Dispersal Policy Emergency Regulations GIS policy Update QA/QC policy Safe, adequate, and proper policy Rescind GMP #122 Revise and update GMP #126.B Errata sheet for SHDR Septic Lagoon Issue

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

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 trench GMP 116 – 50-ft-long gravelless trench equivalent to ft-long gravel trench GMP 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 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 50% Repair Area Primary Area Total Footprint = 4,500 sf 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 50% Repair Area Primary Area Total Footprint = 3,150 sf

8 Gravelless Drainfield Options – Change Trench Length
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 50% Repair Area Primary Area Total Footprint = 4,500 sf 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 50% Repair Area Primary Area Total Footprint = 3,375 sf

9 AOSE Regulations: Emergency Regulations expired in 2001
Final Regulations took effect July 1, 2002 Being repealed, no authority


11 SHIFT How to maximize private sector participation
To the greatest extent possible While providing adequate oversight To 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 Virginia Tyler Craddock VA Manufactured and Modular Housing Association Neil Williamson Governmental Affairs Director, Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors Environmental interest Dan Holmes Piedmont Environmental Council Ed Dunn Virginia Environmental Health Association Homeowners/citizens Larry Wallace Virginia State Program Manager, SERCAP Bill Timmins VDH Sewage Handling & Disposal Advisory Committee Local government officials Erik Johnston Director of Government Affairs, Virginia Association of Counties

14 Members Local government officials (planners, building officials, administrators) Jeff Gore Legislative Liaison, Loudoun County Manufacturers Dave Lentz Regulatory Director, Infiltrator Systems Inc. Onsite sewage system professionals Jim Slusser AOSE; President, VA Association of AOSEs Tony Bible AOSE Curtis Moore AOSE/VOWRA Representative Tim Reynolds Reynolds-Clark Development

15 Members Installers Sandra Gentry
Manager, Gentry Septic Tank Service/Secretary, VOWRA/VDH Sewage Handling and Disposal Appeals Review Board John Powell Powell's Plumbing/VOWRA BOD John Ewing Onsite sewage system professionals Joel Pinnix President, Obsidian Inc. Jeff Walker President Elect, VAPSS Bill Sledjeski CPSS/AOSE

16 Members Advisory Committee Chairman Vincent Day
Sewage Handling and Disposal Advisory Committee/Chairman, Virginia Assn. of American Geologists VDH staff Jim Bowles Environmental Health Coordinator, VDH Office of Environmental Health Services Charles Devine, M.D. Health Director, Lord Fairfax Health District Scott Honaker Environmental Health Manager, Mt. Rogers Health District

17 Members Well Drillers Jimmy Bundick
Bundick Well & Pump Co./VA Well Water Assoc. VP Resource Members Dwayne Roadcap Division Director, Onsite Sewage and Water Services Division, VDH Allen Knapp Director, Office of Environmental Health Services, VDH Mark Courtney Senior Director for Licensing and Regulation, DPOR Larry Getzler Chief Economic Analyst, DPB IEN Frank Dukes The Institute for Environmental Negotiation Tanya Denckla Cobb Kelly Wilder Jason Knickmeyer

18 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

19 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)

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
Benefits Movement toward your interests and positions Reduce programmatic conflict You know what you got. No need to compromise Costs New and different expectations (training & oversight) Unintended consequences Costs will likely rise Winners and Losers No Peace in the Valley—malaise continues Regulator/Service Provider Model Entrenched

22 Opportunities for Change
Fees Work Product Expectations Setting a roadmap for orderly transition

23 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

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