COLUMBUS–Members of the Holmes, Medina and Richland County delegations in the Statehouse, including Senator Larry Obhof (R–Medina), House Speaker William Batchelder, Representative Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario) and Representative Dave Hall (R-Millersburg) today announced that proposed household sewage rules have been posted to the Ohio Department of Health’s website, and are available for public comment until December 12, 2013. This is the second draft of the proposed rules, which incorporates a number of changes suggested by the public during the initial public comment period earlier this year.
Ohio’s rules for sewage treatment system construction and operation were last adopted in 1977. The new proposed rules would set a minimum standard for Ohio homeowners so that surrounding systems will not leak sewage into yards, ponds, lakes and other waterways enjoyed by Ohio families.
“These rules will potentially have a profound impact on property owners throughout Ohio,” Obhof said. “It is important that the Department proceed in a transparent manner and in cooperation with the public.”
More details on the proposed sewage treatment system rules (Ohio Administrative Code 3701-29) can be accessed on the ODH website at: www.odh.ohio.gov/HomeSewageRules.
Ohioans are welcome to submit comments about, or concerns with, the proposed rules. For more information about that process, the public may contact the Department or their elected representatives in the General Assembly.