SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section 127B½ of chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 7, the words “twenty-one A requires”, and inserting in place thereof the following words:- twenty-one A, or a rule or regulation of a board of health in a city or town, requires or establishes standards for
SECTION 2. Said section 127B½ of chapter 111, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by inserting after the fifth paragraph the following paragraph:-
A board of health in a city or town shall be authorized pursuant to this section to enter into agreements with residential owners to provide for the repair, replacement or upgrade of certain septic systems as provided under section 127B¾.
SECTION 3. Said Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 127B½ the following section:-
Section 127B¾. When an existing domestic septic system fails to properly treat for nitrogen and conform to the applicable nitrogen waste standard, the board of health may enter into an agreement with the residential owner under section 127B½ to finance by loan, the repair, replacement or upgrade of the system to meet the standard.
A domestic septic system to qualify for such loan assistance pursuant this section, shall be located within a (i) watershed area of a nitrogen impaired water body as identified on the latest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved final listing of the latest state Integrated List of Waters for the commonwealth, (ii) nitrogen sensitive area as defined in the state environmental code, or (iii) watershed area of a water body subject to the latest state established Total Maximum Daily Load for total nitrogen pollution that is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The repair, replacement or upgrade, including installation, of a shared domestic septic system that treats for nitrogen located in an area described in the prior paragraph, may qualify for such loan assistance, provided the shared system replaces or services at least 2 existing domestic septic systems that otherwise would fail to properly treat for nitrogen, and the combined shared septic system, including its components, has a discharge volume of less than 10,000 gallons per day that meets the applicable nitrogen waste standard. For such loan assistance, each affected residential owner benefiting directly from the shared system shall be required to enter into an agreement with the board of health for the repayment of the owner’s proportionate share of the costs and expenses incurred by the board of health for the repair, replacement or upgrade of any part of the shared system.
For the purposes of this section, the applicable nitrogen waste standard for domestic septic systems, shall mean any properly functioning identifying septic system that is approved for the intended domestic use pursuant to the state environmental code; except if the existing or planned upgraded domestic septic system is in a city or town that has established a more effective standard that decreases the amount of nitrogen waste, then such system shall conform to this standard.
A city or town may establish a nitrogen waste standard for domestic septic systems by the adoption of, a rule or regulation by its board of health, or a zoning by-law or ordinance by its town meeting or city council.
Notwithstanding any other general law to the contrary, a board of health may also enter into an agreement for such loan assistance with a residential owner to promote the voluntary upgrade or replacement of the owner’s functioning domestic septic system to meet the applicable nitrogen standard under this section.
The board of health in a city or town shall be authorized to make findings regarding the condition of domestic septic systems to meet applicable nitrogen waste standards for the purpose of entering into agreements for financial assistance loans under section 127B½.
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