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Sewage system regulations modified (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Sue Hegarty
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Home sellers with subsurface sewage treatment systems are subject to a new disclosure law that takes effect Aug. 1, 2009. Sellers must tell buyers any pertinent information related to the sewage treatment system and must provide a copy of a previous inspection report, if available.

Systems will also be subject to a local government inspection when adding a bedroom onto a residence. The inspection requirement will no longer be satisfied by the installer providing video, electronic, photographic or other evidence of compliance.

Local governments can also adopt new rules for anyone who abandons all or part of a subsurface sewage treatment system.

The new law, sponsored by Rep. Jeanne Poppe (DFL-Austin) and Sen. Lisa Fobbe (DFL-Zimmerman), also strengthens penalties for installers who engage in illegal activities.


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