Ó Domhnaill urges submissions on Septic Tanks Standards

Still no sign of grant aid

 

Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on septic tank owners and interest groups to make sure they have their say about the Fine Gael/Labour Government’s controversial Septic Tank Bill. The Environment Minister Phil Hogan has today published a consultation document on the standards for operation and maintenance of septic tanks. Members of the public and interest groups can make written submissions to the Department of the Environment by Friday March 30th.

 

Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “Fine Gael and Labour TDs and Senators have pushed their controversial Septic Tank Bill through the Oireachtas without providing proper information on what it will mean to rural dwellers. Fianna Fáil repeatedly called on the Government to publish the standards that will apply in the inspection of private waste water systems. This will determine how much homeowners will be expected to pay to upgrade or replace their septic tanks.

 

“Although it is too little too late, it will come as some relief that the public will now have a chance to submit their views to the Minister on the matter. As a result of considerable pressure, Minister Hogan has now opted for a consultation document on the inspection standards. It sets out four areas of regulations for the operation and maintenance of septic tanks. These include: General Owners Responsibility, Discharges from the Treatment System; Sludge Removal and the General Operational Requirements.

 

“It is extremely disappointing that the Minister has still made no mention of any retrofit grant scheme to help septic tank owners to meet the cost of any upgrades required. Urban dwellers are not expected to pay the full cost of upgrading or replacing urban sewerage schemes, so why should rural dwellers be forced to bear the entire cost themselves without support from the State?”

 

Senator Ó Domhnaill concluded, “I strongly urge septic tank owners and interest groups to make a submission by emailing

watersp@environ.ie or writing to: Domestic Waster Water Systems Consultations, Water Services Policy Section, Department of Environment, Newtown Roads, Wexford.”

watersp@environ.ie or writing to: Domestic Waster Water Systems Consultations, Water Services Policy Section, Department of Environment, Newtown Roads, Wexford.”

Posted: Mar 1, 2012     |     Categories: Uncategorized