§1626a. Awards for wastewater treatment plants with a capacity of 250,000 gallons or

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Title

10

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Conservation and Development






Chapter

055

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AID TO MUNICIPALITIES FOR WATER SUPPLY, POLLUTION ABATEMENT AND SEWER SEPARATION






Subchapter

003
:
CONSTRUCTION GRANTS-IN-AID










 

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1626a. Awards for wastewater treatment plants with a capacity of 250,000

gallons or more per day

(a) Definitions.

For the purpose of this section:

(1)

"Septage" means the product of an individual or a group septic tank,

which is removed from the tank for further processing and disposal.

(2)

"Sludge" means the intermediate product of a municipal wastewater

treatment plant which receives further processing by the same plant in a manner

similar to the processing of septage by the plant.

(3) The project

or plant "cost" means the cost of the enlargement or new construction

of a wastewater treatment plant which the commissioner of environmental

conservation finds is eligible for financial assistance under this section.

(b) Loan

eligibility. The proposed enlargement or new construction of a wastewater

treatment plant with a total design hydraulic capacity of 250,000 or more

gallons per day shall be eligible for a loan for 100 percent of the total

project cost, as provided by chapter 120 of Title 24, if the commissioner of

environmental conservation finds that:

(1) the proposed

plant capacity is necessary to accommodate anticipated municipal growth; and

that

(2) the proposed

plant capacity will be sufficient to receive, treat and dispose of septage in a

quantity equivalent to the ratio of 2,000 gallons or more of such septage per

day for each 1,000,000 gallons per day of plant design hydraulic capacity.

However, this condition shall not be required if the commissioner finds that

such septage treatment capacity by the plant is not needed within the region of

the state in which the plant is or will be located.

(c) Additional

state assistance eligibility.

(1) Grants.  A proposed wastewater treatment plant which

is eligible for a loan under subsection (b) of this section, and a wastewater

treatment plant with a design hydraulic capacity of 250,000 or more gallons per

day which is being refurbished, shall in addition be eligible for a grant of up

to 50 percent of the cost of that portion of the plant to be used to treat septage,

or septage and sludge in combination, if the commissioner of environmental

conservation finds that the proposed plant capacity will be sufficient to

receive, treat and dispose of septage alone in a quantity equivalent to the

ratio of 4,000 gallons or more of such septage per day for each 1,000,000

gallons per day of plant design hydraulic capacity. The portion of the plant

used for processing septage, or septage and sludge in combination, shall

include facilities for receiving septage and for the storage, treatment,

transfer, and disposal of both septage and sludge.

(2) Loans.  A proposed wastewater treatment plant which

is eligible for a grant under this subsection may receive an interest free loan

for the remaining amount of the total project cost, from revolving funds

established by chapter 120 of Title 24.

(d) Conditions

of additional state assistance. The additional state assistance provided by

subsection (c) of this section shall be awarded under the following conditions:

(1) To be

eligible for additional assistance, a proposed plant shall be consistent with

any solid waste implementation plan adopted pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 2202a, or

chapter 117 of Title 24, which is approved by the secretary of natural

resources and which addresses septage and sludge management. However, the

commissioner of environmental conservation shall not withhold additional

assistance because of an absence of an adopted or approved solid waste

implementation plan.

(2) Plants

eligible for additional assistance shall receive increased funding priority in

accordance with rules adopted by the secretary.

(3) A plant

receiving additional assistance shall, for the useful life of the facility,

maintain its additional processing capacity for use only in receiving and

processing septage. Such septage shall be accepted from any Vermont

municipality, and shall not be restricted to specific municipalities. The rate

or rates charged for acceptance by the plant of septage from sources other than

the users for whom the plant is designed primarily to serve, shall be equal to

the rate or rates charged the primary users, and shall not subsidize the

primary users. The agency shall include these requirements in any permit issued

for the construction and operation of the plant, and the requirements shall be

enforceable in the manner prescribed for that permit.

(4) Project

costs eligible for additional assistance shall include the cost of: land used

for the direct disposal of septage and sludge; facilities to receive, store,

treat, transfer and dispose of septage and sludge; and facilities to compost or

pelletize or otherwise process septage and sludge.

(5) When other

state or federal assistance is awarded to a plant eligible for additional

assistance under this section, such other assistance shall reduce, first, the

loan amount awarded under this section, and secondly, the grant amount awarded

under this section. (Added 1993, No. 233 (Adj. Sess.), § 60, eff. June 21,

1994; amended 2007, No. 52, § 42, eff. May 28, 2007.)
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