Alternative Sewage Treatment Options

One of our excellent volunteers spotted a piece of legislation starting to move through Nashville that may merit attention. Our group has learned to be vigilant for backdoor moves that enable developers to work around the approvals process. This one may bear watching as it seems to open the door for alternative sewerage treatment options that may not be in the public’s interest.
Here is the post.
“… not sure what this means, but it doesn’t sound good – “
HB147 ENVIRONMENT & NATURE: Water quality – powers of department of environment and conservation.
Sponsors: Rep. Zachary, Jason
Summary: Prohibits the department of environment and conservation from requiring any permit, inspection, review, or approval of plans for the construction, installation, or modification of any land application system that the board of water quality, oil and gas is authorized to incentivize by rule as part of a system of incentives for alternatives to discharges to surface waters, including a land application system qualifying as a public sewerage system. Broadly captioned.
Fiscal Note: (Dated January 12, 2021) NOT SIGNIFICANT
House Status: 02/01/21 – Referred to House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee.
Caption: AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 5; Title 7, Chapter 35; Title 65 and Title 69, relative to water quality.
Please help us keep an eye on this one.