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New Septic System Regulations Advance the Wildlands Project

New Septic System Regulations Advance the Wildlands Project

The author of this newsletter lives in Ohio. On January 1, 2015 a new set of septic system regulations were enacted. These regulations apply to the estimated 660,000 homes in Ohio which have a septic system. The regulations are being pushed down stream by the EPA, to the Ohio EPA, written by the Ohio Health Board who then mandated the regulations be implemented by the each of the county’s health boards. Notice these are all unelected boards. This leaves your local elected officials impotent on the side-lines unavailable to provide interventions for their citizens.

The county health departments in Ohio now have the right, without any proof of a septic issue, to come onto your property unannounced. If you refuse, the sheriff will be called. The rules authorize county health boards to order homeowners to fix or replace failing septic systems and to turn the order over to the county prosecutor for enforcement if it’s ignored. Homeowners charged with creating a public nuisance could face civil fines of up to $100 a day and daily criminal fines of up to $1,000. Continue reading