Stakeholders Given Opportunity to Formally Comment on April 17
White Plains, NY - The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Subcommittee on Septics will hold a public hearing on TUESDAY—April 17 regarding the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) 2012 proposed design standards for intermediate-sized wastewater systems. The hearing, which will be held at the Katonah Village Library from 6 PM to 8 PM, will be videotaped and sent to the DEC as a formal submission of comments on the proposed design standards. Public comments on the new proposed standards are due to the DEC by April 30.
Requests for comments are sought from engineers, developers, environmentalists, municipal planners, housing advocates and other stakeholders who may be impacted by these new design standards.
“While there are many positive developments in the new proposed standards for alternative technologies, there are concerning developments regarding galley systems that could negatively impact shopping centers, strip malls and multi-family housing,” said BOL Majority Leader Peter Harckham (D-Katonah). “I urge all stakeholders to provide comments at the public hearing so that we can impact development of the proposed regulations before they are finalized.”
People interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed design standards may contact the office of Legislator Harckham at (914) 995-2883.
The mission of the Sub-Committee on Septics is to provide a forum to study and discuss septic issues on a regular basis, as well as to formulate policy recommendations. The committee represents members of the policy-making spectrum (Administration, Legislature, Planning Department, Health Department, local government, environmental community and the engineering community) with the goal of forging broad consensus during the policy formulation process. The Sub-Committee makes periodic reports and submits specific policy recommendations to the BOL’s Environment & Energy Committee and other interested parties.