Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems Implementation Task Force
Active dates:2010 -
Function: The task force is to develop effective and timely implementation and enforcement methods in order to rapidly reduce the number of subsurface sewage treatment systems that are an imminent threat to public health or safety and effectively enforce all violations of the subsurface sewage treatment system rules.
The SIETF will also assist the agency in providing counties with enforcement protocols and a checklist they can use when inspecting systems and enforcing rules. In addition to the legislatively-directed work, the SIETF will work with MPCA to develop guidance and variation/flexibility of rules and/or define variances to the rules that are acceptable to the State.
In 2008 the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) adopted extensive amendments to the rules governing subsurface sewage treatment systems (SSTS). Shortly after the rules were adopted, the MPCA began the process of identifying the need for additional amendments to clarify and expand on the 2008 changes.
By September 1, 2010, Pollution Control was mandated to appoint a Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems Implementation and Enforcement Task Force in collaboration with the Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of Realtors, Minnesota Association of County Planning and Zoning Administrators, and the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association.
The Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems Implementation Task Force was reviewed by the Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy (LCPFP) in 2013 as part of their biennial duty required by Minn. Stat. 3.885 Subd. 11. The LCPFP's 2013 Recommendations called for keeping the task force.
Membership includes representatives from the Association of Minnesota Counties, Minnesota Association of County Planning and Zoning Administrators, Minnesota Association of Realtors, and the Minnesota Onsite Wastewater Association.
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