This bill proposes to require the operator of a wastewater treatment facility to notify the Secretary of Natural Resources and local health officers within defined time limits of:  combined sewer overflows; overflows from sanitary sewers and combined sewer systems; upsets or bypasses around or within the wastewater treatment facility during dry or wet weather conditions; and discharges of domestic, commercial, or industrial wastewater from the wastewater treatment facility to separate storm sewer systems. The Secretary of Natural Resources would be required to post, within defined time limits, notice of unpermitted discharges to waters of the State that may pose a threat to human health or the environment.

In addition, the bill proposes to require the Commissioner of Health to issue a daily press release to Vermont news media regarding whether cyanobacteria have been identified in any water of the State at a level that could constitute a public health hazard.

Status: January 27, 2016 – Read First Time and Referred to the Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources

Click here to read the current version of this bill.

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