UDC opposes PA DEP septic plan
Dexter also wrote that, according to the proposed policy, in Pennsylvania nitrate in groundwater is trending downward overall and this may be related to improved practices in land use and reductions in atmospheric deposition. Dexter wrote, “The fact that the policy acknowledges that ‘septic systems generally are not capable of affecting surface waters to the degree where the 10mg/L limit may be threatened…’ suggests that there is no justification for the proposed policy.”
According to Dexter’s letter, “There is a fine line between protection and overregulation. High quality water is the basis for many of the healthy, viable, rural communities in Wayne and Pike counties. The Upper Delaware Council is committed to protecting the water quality in this region, and scientific evidence verifies that current land use practices in Pennsylvania are successfully accomplishing that task.”
Dexter further wrote that the UDC sees no benefit in preempting local zoning and land use regulations given the “good to excellent water qualities” in the Upper Delaware watershed.
The DEP has extended the public comment period on the policy and will continue to accept comments through June 3.