Fiscal Rangers is a site that focuses on Lake County Florida’s fiscal issues. However they often offer news on Florida’s issues. And once again, Florida’s septic tanks has come under assault:
…Florida Senate Bill SB-1576 that requires septic tanks be connected to sewer systems when near Category 1 Springs…
What? We all remember the distastor SB550 was and they’re trying again? SB550 was a direct attack on homeowner’s wallet. This time, it is counties and cities that will pay the price for this bill:
…former Mayor of a local city said they just spent over ($3 Million) to upgrade their sewer system to meet tighter environmental rules, and this new bill exceeds the rules they just met…
So what is the meat and potatoes of the bill? Fiscal Rangers explains further:
This bill targets septic systems as a significant contributor to nitrogen pollution. There is NO scientific evidence to show such. AND there is evidence to show that connecting to treatment plants (which is what this bill promotes) can cause pollution. Any industry expert will admit that between a home and a waste treatment plant, a minimum of 10% of the raw sewage leaks from the sewer pipes into the environment.
SB1576 also proposes creating a new layer of local government called a “Responsible Management Entity” (RME). This entity will consist of non-elected appointees with rule-making authority to “manage” all septic systems and do whatever they deem appropriate to “remediate” alleged pollution from septic systems. They will be given the power to assess fees to cover costs, whatever they are. This duplicates the responsibilities already delegated by statute to the Department of Health, Bureau of On-Site Sewage.
And possibly, worse of all, SB1576 calls for “prevention” strategies. It justifies rule-making and land acquisition hoping to “remediate” anything that MIGHT be a threat. It is possible that this prevention strategy could trigger eminent domain action in the name of “preventing” or stopping potential harm to water quality, and do it in the name of the public good.
This might not target homeowner’s wallet directly, but local governments can’t print money out of thin air. So any costs they have to incure on this issue will passed on by higher taxes or more debt.
If this also doesn’t reek of Agenda 21, I don’t know what does. If they can link nitrogen pollution and septic tanks in legislation, then they can make all kinds of rules based on that alone and harass homeowners for a long time to come.
Anyway, find your Florida Senator and tell them to vote no on SB1576. We need to stop SB1576 in its crib (because SB550 was never really repealed, just castrated with follow up bills) before it becomes law.