State Senator John Eklund
(R-Munson Township) introduced legislation today that would allow local governments the option to reject new rules governing household septic systems in certain circumstances.
Under new Ohio Department of Health regulations adopted at the beginning of 2014, homeowners in Geauga County could be required to to pay for costly upgrades and other fees in order to comply with new household sewage treatment standards.
"The new rules try to be all things to all communities, and in the process they are likely to impose burdens that are inappropriate for some," said Eklund. "Communities with proven track records of outstanding attention to these public health issues should be allowed to continue their good work with practices and procedures that have been effective and suitable to their circumstances."
Senator Eklund's bill would provide county and municipal governments the option to reject the new health department rules and to administer the rules that were in place before 2014 so long as they can demonstrate a record of compliance and continued vigilance.