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H.B. 458

             1     

WASTEWATER SYSTEM AMENDMENTS

             2     
2012 GENERAL SESSION

             3     
STATE OF UTAH

             4     
Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             5     
Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             6     
             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill repeals provisions related to a loan and the negotiation of a loan for a
             10      municipal sewage treatment facility.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    repeals provisions related to a loan and the negotiation of a loan for a municipal
             14      sewage treatment facility; and
             15          .    makes technical corrections.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          This bill provides an effective date.
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          19-5-104 (Superseded 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 336
             23      and 382
             24          19-5-104 (Effective 07/01/12), as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 304
             25      REPEALS:
             26          11-8-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2005, Chapter 105
             27          11-8-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 222


             28     
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 19-5-104 (Superseded 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             31           19-5-104 (Superseded 07/01/12). Powers and duties of board.
             32          (1) The board has the following powers and duties:
             33          (a) develop programs for the prevention, control, and abatement of new or existing
             34      pollution of the waters of the state;
             35          (b) advise, consult, and cooperate with other agencies of the state, the federal
             36      government, other states, and interstate agencies, and with affected groups, political
             37      subdivisions, and industries to further the purposes of this chapter;
             38          (c) encourage, participate in, or conduct studies, investigations, research, and
             39      demonstrations relating to water pollution and causes of water pollution as the board finds
             40      necessary to discharge its duties;
             41          (d) collect and disseminate information relating to water pollution and the prevention,
             42      control, and abatement of water pollution;
             43          (e) adopt, modify, or repeal standards of quality of the waters of the state and classify
             44      those waters according to their reasonable uses in the interest of the public under conditions the
             45      board may prescribe for the prevention, control, and abatement of pollution;
             46          (f) make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             47      Rulemaking Act, taking into account Subsection (3), to:
             48          (i) implement the awarding of construction loans to political subdivisions and
             49      municipal authorities [under Section 11-8-2 ], including:
             50          (A) requirements pertaining to applications for loans;
             51          (B) requirements for determination of eligible projects;
             52          (C) requirements for determination of the costs upon which loans are based, which
             53      costs may include engineering, financial, legal, and administrative expenses necessary for the
             54      construction, reconstruction, and improvement of sewage treatment plants, including major
             55      interceptors, collection systems, and other facilities appurtenant to the plant;
             56          (D) a priority schedule for awarding loans, in which the board may consider in addition
             57      to water pollution control needs any financial needs relevant, including per capita cost, in
             58      making a determination of priority; and


             59          (E) requirements for determination of the amount of the loan;
             60          (ii) implement the awarding of loans for nonpoint source projects pursuant to Section
             61      73-10c-4.5 ;
             62          (iii) set effluent limitations and standards subject to Section 19-5-116 ;
             63          (iv) implement or effectuate the powers and duties of the board; and
             64          (v) protect the public health for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of
             65      underground wastewater disposal systems, liquid scavenger operations, and vault and earthen
             66      pit privies;
             67          (g) issue, modify, or revoke orders:
             68          (i) prohibiting or abating discharges;
             69          (ii) requiring the construction of new treatment works or any parts of them, or requiring
             70      the modification, extension, or alteration of existing treatment works as specified by board rule
             71      or any parts of them, or the adoption of other remedial measures to prevent, control, or abate
             72      pollution;
             73          (iii) setting standards of water quality, classifying waters or evidencing any other
             74      determination by the board under this chapter; and
             75          (iv) requiring compliance with this chapter and with rules made under this chapter;
             76          (h) (i) review plans, specifications, or other data relative to disposal systems or any part
             77      of disposal systems;
             78          (ii) issue construction or operating permits for the installation or modification of
             79      treatment works or any parts of the treatment works; and
             80          (iii) delegate the authority to issue an operating permit to a local health department;
             81          (i) after public notice and opportunity for a public hearing, issue, continue in effect,
             82      revoke, modify, or deny discharge permits under reasonable conditions the board may prescribe
             83      to:
             84          (i) control the management of sewage sludge; or
             85          (ii) prevent or control the discharge of pollutants, including effluent limitations for the
             86      discharge of wastes into the waters of the state;
             87          (j) give reasonable consideration in the exercise of its powers and duties to the
             88      economic impact of water pollution control on industry and agriculture;
             89          (k) exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter,


             90      including delegation to the department of its duties as appropriate to improve administrative
             91      efficiency;
             92          (l) meet the requirements of federal law related to water pollution;
             93          (m) establish and conduct a continuing planning process for control of water pollution
             94      including the specification and implementation of maximum daily loads of pollutants;
             95          (n) make rules governing inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting
             96      requirements for underground injections and require permits for them, to protect drinking water
             97      sources, except for wells, pits, and ponds covered by Section 40-6-5 regarding gas and oil,
             98      recognizing that underground injection endangers drinking water sources if:
             99          (i) injection may result in the presence of any contaminant in underground water that
             100      supplies or can reasonably be expected to supply any public water system, as defined in Section
             101      19-4-102 ; and
             102          (ii) the presence of the contaminant may:
             103          (A) result in the public water system not complying with any national primary drinking
             104      water standards; or
             105          (B) otherwise adversely affect the health of persons;
             106          (o) make rules governing sewage sludge management, including permitting, inspecting,
             107      monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements;
             108          (p) adopt and enforce rules and establish fees to cover the costs of testing for
             109      certification of operators of treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political
             110      subdivisions;
             111          (q) notwithstanding the provisions of Section 19-4-112 , make rules governing design
             112      and construction of irrigation systems that:
             113          (i) convey sewage treatment facility effluent of human origin in pipelines under
             114      pressure, unless contained in surface pipes wholly on private property and for agricultural
             115      purposes; and
             116          (ii) are constructed after May 4, 1998; and
             117          (r) (i) approve, approve in part, approve with conditions, or deny, in writing, an
             118      application for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater Reuse Act; and
             119          (ii) issue an operating permit for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater
             120      Reuse Act.


             121          (2) In performing the duties listed in Subsection (1), the board shall give priority to
             122      pollution that results in a hazard to the public health.
             123          (3) The board shall take into consideration the availability of federal grants:
             124          (a) in determining eligible project costs; and
             125          (b) in establishing priorities pursuant to Subsection (1)(f)(i).
             126          (4) In establishing certification rules under Subsection (1)(p), the board shall:
             127          (a) base the requirements for certification on the size, treatment process type, and
             128      complexity of the treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political subdivisions;
             129          (b) allow operators until three years after the date of adoption of the rules to obtain
             130      initial certification;
             131          (c) allow a new operator one year from the date the operator is hired by a treatment
             132      plant or sewerage system or three years after the date of adoption of the rules, whichever occurs
             133      later, to obtain certification;
             134          (d) issue certification upon application and without testing, at a grade level comparable
             135      to the grade of current certification to operators who are currently certified under the voluntary
             136      certification plan for wastewater works operators as recognized by the board; and
             137          (e) issue a certification upon application and without testing that is valid only at the
             138      treatment works or sewerage system where that operator is currently employed if the operator:
             139          (i) is in charge of and responsible for the treatment works or sewerage system on
             140      March 16, 1991;
             141          (ii) has been employed at least 10 years in the operation of that treatment works or
             142      sewerage system prior to March 16, 1991; and
             143          (iii) demonstrates to the board the operator's capability to operate the treatment works
             144      or sewerage system at which the operator is currently employed by providing employment
             145      history and references as required by the board.
             146          Section 2. Section 19-5-104 (Effective 07/01/12) is amended to read:
             147           19-5-104 (Effective 07/01/12). Powers and duties of board.
             148          (1) The board has the following powers and duties:
             149          (a) develop programs for the prevention, control, and abatement of new or existing
             150      pollution of the waters of the state;
             151          (b) advise, consult, and cooperate with other agencies of the state, the federal


             152      government, other states, and interstate agencies, and with affected groups, political
             153      subdivisions, and industries to further the purposes of this chapter;
             154          (c) encourage, participate in, or conduct studies, investigations, research, and
             155      demonstrations relating to water pollution and causes of water pollution as the board finds
             156      necessary to discharge its duties;
             157          (d) collect and disseminate information relating to water pollution and the prevention,
             158      control, and abatement of water pollution;
             159          (e) adopt, modify, or repeal standards of quality of the waters of the state and classify
             160      those waters according to their reasonable uses in the interest of the public under conditions the
             161      board may prescribe for the prevention, control, and abatement of pollution;
             162          (f) make rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             163      Rulemaking Act, taking into account Subsection (3), to:
             164          (i) implement the awarding of construction loans to political subdivisions and
             165      municipal authorities [under Section 11-8-2 ], including:
             166          (A) requirements pertaining to applications for loans;
             167          (B) requirements for determination of eligible projects;
             168          (C) requirements for determination of the costs upon which loans are based, which
             169      costs may include engineering, financial, legal, and administrative expenses necessary for the
             170      construction, reconstruction, and improvement of sewage treatment plants, including major
             171      interceptors, collection systems, and other facilities appurtenant to the plant;
             172          (D) a priority schedule for awarding loans, in which the board may consider in addition
             173      to water pollution control needs any financial needs relevant, including per capita cost, in
             174      making a determination of priority; and
             175          (E) requirements for determination of the amount of the loan;
             176          (ii) implement the awarding of loans for nonpoint source projects pursuant to Section
             177      73-10c-4.5 ;
             178          (iii) set effluent limitations and standards subject to Section 19-5-116 ;
             179          (iv) implement or effectuate the powers and duties of the board; and
             180          (v) protect the public health for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of
             181      underground wastewater disposal systems, liquid scavenger operations, and vault and earthen
             182      pit privies;


             183          (g) issue, modify, or revoke orders:
             184          (i) prohibiting or abating discharges;
             185          (ii) requiring the construction of new treatment works or any parts of them, or requiring
             186      the modification, extension, or alteration of existing treatment works as specified by board rule
             187      or any parts of them, or the adoption of other remedial measures to prevent, control, or abate
             188      pollution;
             189          (iii) setting standards of water quality, classifying waters or evidencing any other
             190      determination by the board under this chapter; and
             191          (iv) requiring compliance with this chapter and with rules made under this chapter;
             192          (h) (i) review plans, specifications, or other data relative to disposal systems or any part
             193      of disposal systems;
             194          (ii) issue construction or operating permits for the installation or modification of
             195      treatment works or any parts of the treatment works; and
             196          (iii) delegate the authority to issue an operating permit to a local health department;
             197          (i) after public notice and opportunity for a public hearing, issue, continue in effect,
             198      revoke, modify, or deny discharge permits under reasonable conditions the board may prescribe
             199      to:
             200          (i) control the management of sewage sludge; or
             201          (ii) prevent or control the discharge of pollutants, including effluent limitations for the
             202      discharge of wastes into the waters of the state;
             203          (j) give reasonable consideration in the exercise of its powers and duties to the
             204      economic impact of water pollution control on industry and agriculture;
             205          (k) exercise all incidental powers necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter,
             206      including delegation to the department of its duties as appropriate to improve administrative
             207      efficiency;
             208          (l) meet the requirements of federal law related to water pollution;
             209          (m) establish and conduct a continuing planning process for control of water pollution
             210      including the specification and implementation of maximum daily loads of pollutants;
             211          (n) make rules governing inspection, monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting
             212      requirements for underground injections and require permits for them, to protect drinking water
             213      sources, except for wells, pits, and ponds covered by Section 40-6-5 regarding gas and oil,


             214      recognizing that underground injection endangers drinking water sources if:
             215          (i) injection may result in the presence of any contaminant in underground water that
             216      supplies or can reasonably be expected to supply any public water system, as defined in Section
             217      19-4-102 ; and
             218          (ii) the presence of the contaminant may:
             219          (A) result in the public water system not complying with any national primary drinking
             220      water standards; or
             221          (B) otherwise adversely affect the health of persons;
             222          (o) make rules governing sewage sludge management, including permitting, inspecting,
             223      monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements;
             224          (p) adopt and enforce rules and establish fees to cover the costs of testing for
             225      certification of operators of treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political
             226      subdivisions;
             227          (q) notwithstanding the provisions of Section 19-4-112 , make rules governing design
             228      and construction of irrigation systems that:
             229          (i) convey sewage treatment facility effluent of human origin in pipelines under
             230      pressure, unless contained in surface pipes wholly on private property and for agricultural
             231      purposes; and
             232          (ii) are constructed after May 4, 1998;
             233          (r) (i) approve, approve in part, approve with conditions, or deny, in writing, an
             234      application for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater Reuse Act;
             235          (ii) issue an operating permit for water reuse under Title 73, Chapter 3c, Wastewater
             236      Reuse Act; and
             237          (s) (i) review all total daily maximum load reports and recommendations for water
             238      quality end points and implementation strategies developed by the division before submission
             239      of the report, recommendation, or implementation strategy to the EPA;
             240          (ii) disapprove, approve, or approve with conditions all staff total daily maximum load
             241      recommendations; and
             242          (iii) provide suggestions for further consideration to the Division of Water Quality in
             243      the event a total daily maximum load strategy is rejected.
             244          (2) In performing the duties listed in Subsection (1), the board shall give priority to


             245      pollution that results in a hazard to the public health.
             246          (3) The board shall take into consideration the availability of federal grants:
             247          (a) in determining eligible project costs; and
             248          (b) in establishing priorities pursuant to Subsection (1)(f)(i).
             249          (4) In establishing certification rules under Subsection (1)(p), the board shall:
             250          (a) base the requirements for certification on the size, treatment process type, and
             251      complexity of the treatment works and sewerage systems operated by political subdivisions;
             252          (b) allow operators until three years after the date of adoption of the rules to obtain
             253      initial certification;
             254          (c) allow a new operator one year from the date the operator is hired by a treatment
             255      plant or sewerage system or three years after the date of adoption of the rules, whichever occurs
             256      later, to obtain certification;
             257          (d) issue certification upon application and without testing, at a grade level comparable
             258      to the grade of current certification to operators who are currently certified under the voluntary
             259      certification plan for wastewater works operators as recognized by the board; and
             260          (e) issue a certification upon application and without testing that is valid only at the
             261      treatment works or sewerage system where that operator is currently employed if the operator:
             262          (i) is in charge of and responsible for the treatment works or sewerage system on
             263      March 16, 1991;
             264          (ii) has been employed at least 10 years in the operation of that treatment works or
             265      sewerage system prior to March 16, 1991; and
             266          (iii) demonstrates to the board the operator's capability to operate the treatment works
             267      or sewerage system at which the operator is currently employed by providing employment
             268      history and references as required by the board.
             269          Section 3. Repealer.
             270          This bill repeals:
             271          Section 11-8-2, State loans for sewage treatment facilities -- Rules of Water Quality
             272      Board.
             273          Section 11-8-3, Department of Environmental Quality to negotiate loans for
             274      sewage facilities.
             275          Section 4. Effective date.


             276          This bill takes effect on May 8, 2012, except that Section 19-5-104 (Effective 07/01/12)
             277      takes effect on July 1, 2012.




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