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H.B. 222 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to water quality.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    authorizes the Water Quality Board to:
             13              .    issue an operating permit; and
             14              .    delegate authority to issue an operating permit to a local health department; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          This bill coordinates with S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute, by providing that certain technical
             20      amendments in this bill supersede certain technical amendments in S.B. 111.
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          19-5-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 176
             24          19-5-104, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 179
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 19-5-103 is amended to read:
             28           19-5-103. Water Quality Board -- Members of board -- Appointment -- Terms --
             29      Organization -- Meetings -- Per diem and expenses.

             30          [(1) Committee members currently serving on the Water Pollution Control Committee
             31      created under Chapter 126, Laws of Utah 1981, shall serve on the board throughout the terms
             32      for which they were appointed.]
             33          [(2)] (1) The board comprises the executive director and [ten] 11 members appointed
             34      by the governor with the consent of the Senate.
             35          [(3)] (2) No more than [five] six of the appointed members may be from the same
             36      political party.
             37          [(4)] (3) The appointed members, insofar as practicable, shall include the following:
             38          (a) one member representing the mineral [industries] industry;
             39          (b) one member representing the food processing [industries] industry;
             40          (c) one member representing [other] another manufacturing [industries] industry;
             41          (d) two members who are officials of a municipal government or [their representatives]
             42      the officials' representative involved in the management or operation of a wastewater treatment
             43      [facilities] facility;
             44          (e) one member representing agricultural and livestock interests;
             45          (f) one member representing fish, wildlife, and recreation interests;
             46          (g) one member representing an improvement [and] or special service [districts] district;
             47      [and]
             48          (h) two members at large, one of whom represents organized environmental interests,
             49      selected with due consideration of the areas of the state affected by water pollution and not
             50      representing other interests named in this Subsection [(4).] (3); and
             51          (i) one member representing a local health department.
             52          [(5)] (4) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the replacement shall
             53      be appointed for the unexpired term with the consent of the Senate.
             54          [(6)] (5) (a) Except as required by Subsection [(6)] (5)(b), [members] a member shall be
             55      appointed for [terms] a term of four years and [are] is eligible for reappointment.
             56          (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection [(6)] (5)(a), the governor shall, at
             57      the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of

             58      board members are staggered so that approximately half of the board is appointed every two
             59      years.
             60          [(7) Members] (6) A member shall hold office until the expiration of [their terms] the
             61      member's term and until [their successors are] the member's successor is appointed, not to
             62      exceed 90 days after the formal expiration of [their terms] the term.
             63          [(8)] (7) The board shall:
             64          (a) organize and annually select one of its members as chair and one of its members as
             65      vice chair;
             66          (b) hold at least four regular meetings each calendar year; and
             67          (c) keep minutes of its proceedings which [shall be] are open to the public for
             68      inspection.
             69          [(9)] (8) [Special meetings may be called by the] The chair [and must be called by him]
             70      may call a special meeting upon the request of three or more members of the board.
             71          [(10)] (9) Each member of the board and the executive secretary shall be notified of the
             72      time and place of each meeting.
             73          [(11) Six] (10) Seven members of the board constitute a quorum for the transaction of
             74      business, and the action of a majority of members present is the action of the board.
             75          [(12)] (11) (a) [Members shall] A member who is not a government employee may not
             76      receive [no] compensation or benefits for [their services] the member's service, but may receive
             77      per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member's official duties at the rates
             78      established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
             79          (b) [Members] A member may decline to receive per diem and expenses for [their] the
             80      member's service.
             81          (c) [Local] A local government [members] member who [do] does not receive salary,
             82      per diem, or expenses from the entity that [they represent] the member represents for [their] the
             83      member's service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of [their] the
             84      member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections
             85      63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .

             86          (d) [Local] A local government [members] member may decline to receive per diem and
             87      expenses for [their] the member's service.
             88          Section 2. Section 19-5-104 is amended to read:
             89           19-5-104. Powers and duties of board.
             90          (1) The board has the following powers and duties[, but the board shall give priority to
             91      pollution that results in hazards to the public health]:
             92          (a) develop programs for the prevention, control, and abatement of new or existing
             93      pollution of the waters of the state;
             94          (b) advise, consult, and cooperate with other agencies of the state, the federal
             95      government, other states, and interstate agencies, and with affected groups, political
             96      subdivisions, and industries to further the purposes of this chapter;
             97          (c) encourage, participate in, or conduct studies, investigations, research, and
             98      demonstrations relating to water pollution and causes of water pollution as the board finds
             99      necessary to discharge its duties;
             100          (d) collect and disseminate information relating to water pollution and the prevention,
             101      control, and abatement of water pollution;
             102          (e) adopt, modify, or repeal standards of quality of the waters of the state and classify
             103      those waters according to their reasonable uses in the interest of the public under conditions the
             104      board may prescribe for the prevention, control, and abatement of pollution;
             105          (f) make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
             106      Rulemaking Act, taking into account Subsection [(2)] (3), to:
             107          (i) implement the awarding of construction loans to political subdivisions and municipal
             108      authorities under Section 11-8-2 , including:
             109          (A) requirements pertaining to applications for loans;
             110          (B) requirements for determination of eligible projects;
             111          (C) requirements for determination of the costs upon which loans are based, which
             112      costs may include engineering, financial, legal, and administrative expenses necessary for the
             113      construction, reconstruction, and improvement of sewage treatment plants, including major

             114      interceptors, collection systems, and other facilities appurtenant to the plant;
             115          (D) a priority schedule for awarding loans, in which the board may consider in addition
             116      to water pollution control needs any financial needs relevant, including per capita cost, in
             117      making a determination of priority; and
             118          (E) requirements for determination of the amount of the loan;
             119          (ii) implement the awarding of loans for nonpoint source projects pursuant to Section
             120      73-10c-4.5 ;
             121          (iii) set effluent limitations and standards subject to Section 19-5-116 ;
             122          (iv) implement or effectuate the powers and duties of the board; and
             123          (v) protect the public health for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of
             124      underground wastewater disposal systems, liquid scavenger operations, and vault and earthen
             125      pit privies;
             126          (g) issue, modify, or revoke orders:
             127          (i) prohibiting or abating discharges;
             128          (ii) requiring the construction of new treatment works or any parts of them, or requiring
             129      the modification, extension, or alteration of existing treatment works as specified by board rule
             130      or any parts of them, or the adoption of other remedial measures to prevent, control, or abate
             131      pollution;
             132          (iii) setting standards of water quality, classifying waters or evidencing any other
             133      determination by the board under this chapter; and
             134          (iv) requiring compliance with this chapter and with rules made under this chapter;
             135          (h) (i) review plans, specifications, or other data relative to disposal systems or any part
             136      of disposal systems[, and];
             137          (ii) issue construction or operating permits for the installation or modification of
             138      treatment works or any parts of [them;] the treatment works; and
             139          (iii) delegate the authority to issue an operating permit to a local health department;
             140          (i) after public notice and opportunity for a public hearing, issue, continue in effect,
             141      revoke, modify, or deny discharge permits under reasonable conditions the board may prescribe

             142      to:
             143          (i) control the management of sewage sludge; or [to]
             144          (ii) prevent or control the discharge of pollutants, including effluent limitations for the
             145      discharge of wastes into the waters of the state;
             146          (j) give reasonable consideration in the exercise of its powers and duties to the
             147      economic impact of water pollution control on industry and agriculture;
             148          (k) exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter,
             149      including delegation to the department of its duties as appropriate to improve administrative
             150      efficiency;
             151          (l) meet the requirements of federal law related to water pollution;
             152          (m) establish and conduct a continuing planning process for control of water pollution
             153      including the specification and implementation of maximum daily loads of pollutants;
             154          (n) make rules governing inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting
             155      requirements for underground injections and require permits for them, to protect drinking water
             156      sources, except for wells, pits, and ponds covered by Section 40-6-5 regarding gas and oil,
             157      recognizing that underground injection endangers drinking water sources if:
             158          (i) injection may result in the presence of any contaminant in underground water
             159      [which] that supplies or can reasonably be expected to supply any public water system, as
             160      defined in Section 19-4-102 ; and
             161          (ii) the presence of the contaminant may:
             162          (A) result in the public water system not complying with any national primary drinking
             163      water standards; or [may]
             164          (B) otherwise adversely affect the health of persons;
             165          (o) make rules governing sewage sludge management, including permitting, inspecting,
             166      monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements;
             167          (p) adopt and enforce rules and establish fees to cover the costs of testing for
             168      certification of operators of treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political
             169      subdivisions;

             170          (q) notwithstanding the provisions of Section 19-4-112 , make rules governing design
             171      and construction of irrigation systems [which] that:
             172          (i) convey sewage treatment facility effluent of human origin in pipelines under
             173      pressure, unless contained in surface pipes wholly on private property and for agricultural
             174      purposes[,]; and [which]
             175          (ii) are constructed after May 4, 1998; and
             176          (r) (i) approve, approve in part, approve with conditions, or deny, in writing, an
             177      application for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater Reuse Act; and
             178          (ii) issue an operating permit for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater
             179      Reuse Act.
             180          (2) In performing the duties listed in Subsection (1), the board shall give priority to
             181      pollution that results in a hazard to the public health.
             182          [(2) In] (3) The board shall take into consideration the availability of federal grants:
             183          (a) in determining eligible project costs; and
             184          (b) in establishing priorities pursuant to Subsection (1)(f)(i)[, the board shall take into
             185      consideration the availability of federal grants].
             186          [(3)] (4) In establishing certification rules under Subsection (1)(p), the board shall:
             187          (a) base the requirements for certification on the size, treatment process type, and
             188      complexity of the treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political subdivisions;
             189          (b) allow operators until three years after the date of adoption of the rules to obtain
             190      initial certification;
             191          (c) allow a new [operators] operator one year from the date [they are] the operator is
             192      hired by a treatment plant or sewerage system or three years after the date of adoption of the
             193      rules, whichever occurs later, to obtain certification;
             194          (d) issue certification upon application and without testing, at a grade level comparable
             195      to the grade of current certification to operators who are currently certified under the voluntary
             196      certification plan for wastewater works operators as recognized by the board; and
             197          (e) issue a certification upon application and without testing that is valid only at the

             198      treatment works or sewerage system where that operator is currently employed if the operator:
             199          (i) is in charge of and responsible for the treatment works or sewerage system on March
             200      16, 1991;
             201          (ii) has been employed at least ten years in the operation of that treatment works or
             202      sewerage system prior to March 16, 1991; and
             203          (iii) demonstrates to the board [his] the operator's capability to operate the treatment
             204      works or sewerage system at which [he] the operator is currently employed by providing
             205      employment history and references as required by the board.
             206          Section 3. Coordinating H.B. 222 with S.B. 111 -- Superseding technical
             207      amendments.
             208          If this H.B. 222 and S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute, both pass, it is the intent of the
             209      Legislature that the amendments to Section 19-5-103 in this bill supersede the amendments to
             210      Section 19-5-103 in S.B. 111, when the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
             211      prepares the Utah Code database for publication.

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