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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 047 : WATER POLLUTION CONTROL

Subchapter 001 : WATER POLLUTION CONTROL

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1278)
  • § 1278. Operation, management, and emergency response plans for pollution abatement center

    (a) Findings. The General Assembly finds that the State shall protect Vermont's lakes, rivers, and streams from pollution by implementing programs to prevent sewage spills to Vermont waters and by requiring emergency planning to limit the damage from spills which do occur. In addition, the General Assembly finds it to be cost effective and generally beneficial to the environment to continue State efforts to ensure energy efficiency in the operation of treatment facilities.

    (b) Planning requirement. Effective July 1, 2007, the Secretary of Natural Resources shall, as part of a permit issued under section 1263 of this title, require a pollution abatement facility, as that term is defined in this section, to prepare and implement an operation, management, and emergency response plan for those portions of each pollution abatement facility that include the treatment facility, the sewage pumping stations, and the sewer line stream crossing. As used in this section, "pollution abatement facility" means municipal sewage treatment plants, pumping stations, interceptor and outfall sewers, and attendant facilities as prescribed by the Department to abate pollution of the waters of the State.

    (c) Collection system planning. As of July 1, 2010, the Secretary of Natural Resources, as part of a permit issued under section 1263 of this title, shall require a pollution abatement facility, as that term is defined in subsection (b) of this section, to prepare and implement an operation, management, and emergency response plan for that portion of each pollution abatement facility that includes the sewage collection systems. The requirement to develop a plan under this subsection shall be included in a permit issued under section 1263 of this title, and a plan developed under this subsection shall be subject to public review and inspection.

    (d) Plan components. An operation, management, and emergency response plan shall include the following:

    (1) Identification of those elements of the facility, including collection systems that are determined to be prone to failure based on installation, age, design, or other relevant factors.

    (2) Identification of those elements of the facility identified under subdivision (1) of this subsection that, if one or more failed, would result in a significant release of untreated or partially treated sewage to surface waters of the state.

    (3) A requirement that the elements identified in subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be inspected in accordance with a schedule approved by the Secretary of Natural Resources.

    (4) An emergency contingency plan to reduce the volume of a detected spill and to mitigate the effect of such a spill on public health and the environment.

    (e) [Repealed.]  (Added 2005, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 5a, eff. July 1, 2006; amended 2007, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 8, eff. May 12, 2008; 2007, No. 209 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2015, No. 86 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 4, 2016; 2015, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. May 12, 2016; 2017, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § 17, eff. May 28, 2018.)