| Septic Tank Improvements from the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee|
| At the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee (Chair, Sen. Rodriguez (R-Miami)) meeting this week, SB 1538, Implementation of the Recommendations of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force (Sen. Stewart (D-Orlando)), received its first hearing. |
The bill, as filed, mandated that owners of septic tank systems had to have their system tested at least once every five years to identify any failure within the system. The bill also required DEP to administer this inspection program, with a county-by-county implementation plan phased in over 10 years, prioritizing areas with springs.
Unfortunately, the committee adopted a strike-all amendment that stripped these inspection requirements from the bill, limiting it to monitoring requirements for the effectiveness of Basin Management Action Plan projects greater than $1 million.
The bill passed favorably and is referred to Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government. The House companion, HB 423, was filed by Rep. Cross (D-St. Petersburg) and has not yet been heard in committee.