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Environmental Council Reviews Changes to Regulations

At the monthly meeting of TMACOG’s Environmental Council September 24, attendees considered Ohio Senate House Bill 110, and learned about a proposed Clean Water Restoration Act.

Senate Bill 110 would establish statewide standards for onsite sewage treatment systems. The current standards are established by local health districts. The council generally supports the proposed bill, and approved a resolution in support of it with language that would recognize the soil characteristics of northwest Ohio. The resolution also includes language that supports a grant and/or revolving loan program for repairs and replacements for onsite systems.

The proposed Clean Water Restoration Act is a federal proposal that would make national changes in wetland regulation. Northwest Ohio and the Great Lakes shoreline are home to some of the most critical wetland areas in the country. The council listened to a series of speakers including Madison County Engineer David Brand from the Columbus area; Kenneth Kilbert, University of Toledo Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Institute of the Great Lakes; Randy Bournique of the Ohio EPA; and John Kusnier of the Mannik & Smith Group.

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