Recent action by the Pennsylvania legislature will avoid the devastation of
rural development, says PBA Treasurer and Wayne County home builder
Joe Harcum. The Governor recently signed Act 41 of 2013, which would
allow for the continued use of on-lot septic systems, providing those
systems comply with Clean Streams Law requirements.
The legislature recently passed House Bill 1325, sponsored by Rep.
Dave Maloney (R-Berks), which addresses a recent suggested policy change by the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) that would have severely limited the use of
on-lot septic systems, crippling rural development in Pennsylvania. “
Quite simply, the DEP proposal would have added an additional $ 15,000 in costs to every home built in rural Pennsylvania. It would have killed development in much of the state,” said PBA Vice President and Pike County home builder Kevin Coutts. “The passage of Act 41 could