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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2711         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 697

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Robert F. Fennell

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to ensuring uniformity in the regulation of sanitary sewage treatments.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Robert F. Fennell

10th Essex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2711        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 697

By Mr. Fennell of Lynn, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 697) of Robert F. Fennell relative to ensuring uniformity in the regulation of sanitary sewage treatments.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1131 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to ensuring uniformity in the regulation of sanitary sewage treatments.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Section 13 of chapter 21A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, no municipal board of health may promulgate any such regulations which impose standards, procedures or other requirements more stringent than or otherwise exceeding those set forth in the state environmental code, and in particular Title 5 thereof, concerning any matter relating to the subsurface treatment or disposal of sanitary sewage, including without limitation the construction, alteration or inspection of any system thereof.  Provided, however, that where the board of health of any municipality determines, based upon unique local environmental concerns, supported by findings that have generally recognized scientific basis, the board of health may file a written application for approval to adopt such regulations with the commissioner of the department of environmental protection.  Such application shall include an explanation of such unique local conditions, the specific regulation or regulations sought to be adopted by the board of health and copies of the scientific data, evidence and study that forms the basis for the application.  Upon the receipt of a completed application with accompanying documentation, the commissioner of the department of environmental protection shall, within thirty days, make a written determination of whether the proposed regulations are reasonably necessary for the protection of public health, safety, welfare and the environment of said municipality and approve or disapprove said regulations.  No additional or more stringent regulations shall be adopted or become effective in any municipality until approved by the commissioner of the department of environmental protection.

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