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The 2020 Florida Statutes

Title XXIX
PUBLIC HEALTH
Chapter 381
PUBLIC HEALTH: GENERAL PROVISIONS
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F.S. 381.00652
381.00652 Onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems technical advisory committee.
(1) As used in this section, the term “department” means the Department of Environmental Protection.
(2) An onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems technical advisory committee, a committee as defined in s. 20.03(8), is created within the department. The committee shall:
(a) Provide recommendations to increase the availability of enhanced nutrient-reducing onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems in the marketplace, including such systems that are cost-effective, low maintenance, and reliable.
(b) Consider and recommend regulatory options, such as fast-track approval, prequalification, or expedited permitting, to facilitate the introduction and use of enhanced nutrient-reducing onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems that have been reviewed and approved by a national agency or organization, such as the American National Standards Institute 245 systems approved by the NSF International.
(c) Provide recommendations for appropriate setback distances for onsite sewage treatment and disposal systems from surface water, groundwater, and wells.
(3) The department shall use existing and available resources to administer and support the activities of the committee.
(4)(a) By August 1, 2021, the department, in consultation with the Department of Health, shall appoint no more than 10 members to the committee, as follows:
1. A professional engineer.
2. A septic tank contractor.
3. Two representatives from the home building industry.
4. A representative from the real estate industry.
5. A representative from the onsite sewage treatment and disposal system industry.
6. A representative from local government.
7. Two representatives from the environmental community.
8. A representative of the scientific and technical community who has substantial expertise in the areas of the fate and transport of water pollutants, toxicology, epidemiology, geology, biology, or environmental sciences.
(b) Members shall serve without compensation and are not entitled to reimbursement for per diem or travel expenses.
(5) By January 1, 2022, the committee shall submit its recommendations to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
(6) This section expires August 15, 2022.
History.s. 8, ch. 2020-150.