Friday, February 15, 2008
Board of Health hearing on septic system regs extended
The decision to adopt revised sewage disposal regulations has been delayed by the Carlisle Board of Health (BOH) in order to extend the time available for public comment. According to BOH Agent Linda Fantasia, the board received several public comments when the public hearing was opened on February 7, and the board continued the hearing to February 26.
The supplemental regulations govern the construction and repair of septic systems and provide local standards in addition to the state's Title 5 requirements. Unlike revisions to the town's bylaws, Town Meeting approval is not needed for changes to BOH regulations.
Proposed changes would allow certain septic system components to be located 50 feet closer to wetlands. The use of alternate technology is encouraged for both new and replacement systems. Spring high groundwater testing is shifted later by two weeks. Language is added addressing requirements for larger septic systems, such as multi-dwelling systems for condominium developments. Other revisions establish fines of up to $300 per day for violations, and bring the terminology in line with recent changes to the state's Title 5 regulations.
26 Westford Street
An application to allow emergency repair of a failing septic system had been granted by the board in December. However Fantasia explained that state review was necessary because of the three variances involved in the project. Changes were made to the plan at the request of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the resultant plan was brought back to the BOH. The board reapproved the application, amended to recognize that the new plan shows the leaching field extending one foot closer to the wetlands, with a new minimum distance of 34 feet.
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