Hot-button septic tank issue on GOP leaders’ special session listby Dara Kam | November 4th, 2010
A bill that would have required septic tanks to be inspected every five years is on GOP leaders’ short list during a special session later this month.
Candidates throughout the state have heard an earful about the septic tank issue, especially from rural residents who complain about the cost of inspections and a blanket approach in the requirement instead of targeting older tanks.
The state health department estimates that more than half of the septic tank systems in use are more than 30 years old and no statewide inspection system is currently in place.
One solution proposed by House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon would be to delay implementation of the inspection program six months beyond the current Jan. 1 start-up date.
That would also give lawmakers time to come up with an alternative proposal during the regular session that begins in March.