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Land-Based Indirect Discharge Sewage

RULES     The Indirect Discharge Rules (IDR), Chapter 14 of the Environmental Protection Rules, became effective on April 30, 2003 and contain the requirements for permitting land-based, sewage disposal facilities with design flows of greater than 6,499 gallons per day.  Subchapter 4 of the IDR contains information on how to apply for an initial Indirect Discharge Permit and how to apply for renewal of an issued permit or permit amendment.  In addition, many indirect discharging systems are authorized under the General Permit and Subchapter 4 also contains information for those system owners.  Finally, information related to disposal of non-sewage wastes can be found on that page.

FEES   Please refer to the Fee document for information regarding administrative fees, as well as application review and operating fees associated with Indirect Discharge Permits.

HOW TO APPLY/FORMS    The application forms to use are the Permit Application Form WR-82 and Schedule I:  Indirect Discharge Permit Application Form (PDF).  Please note that the Schedule I form is only required for a new application for an indirect discharge of sewage (not permitted before) or for a proposed increase in an existing indirect discharge of sewage.  In addition to the form(s), please be sure to submit all required supplemental information.

REVIEW PROCESS/APPEALS       Subchapter 5 of the IDR describes the application review process for all Indirect Discharge Permits.  At the conclusion of the public notice period and after consideration of additional information received during the public notice period on the draft permit, the Vermont ANR will make a final determination to issue or to deny the permit. 

Pursuant to 10 V.S.A. Chapter 220, any appeal of this decision must be filed with the clerk of the Environmental Court within 30 days of the date of the decision.  The appellant must attach to the Notice of Appeal the entry fee of $262.50, payable to the State of Vermont.  The Notice of Appeal must specify the parties taking the appeal and the statutory provision under which each party claims party status; must designate the act or decision appealed from; must name the Environmental Court; and must be signed by the appellant or their attorney.  In addition, the appeal must give the address or location and description of the property, project or facility with which the appeal is concerned and the name of the applicant or any permit involved in the appeal.   The appellant must also serve a copy of the Notice of Appeal in accordance with Rule 5(b)(4)(B) of the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings. 

For further information, see the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings, available online at www.vermontjudiciary.org.  The address for the Environmental Court is:

32 Cherry Street- 2nd Floor

Suite 303
Burlington, VT  05401
Tel.  # 802-951-1740

During the public notice period for a draft indirect discharge permit, copies of the draft permit and associated documents can be found on our decisions page.   Final determinations relative to any application for an indirect discharge permit can be found on our final decisions page.

COPIES OF FINAL PERMITS     Click here for a list of all final permits. If you need assistance finding a final permit please send an e-mail request to ANR.DWGWPIndirectPermits@state.vt.us and specify the project name, town and permit number in the subject line.   You can also contact anyone in the Indirect Discharge Permit Section by phone or email for assistance.

GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS      Holders of indirect discharge permits are required to have their sewage treatment and disposal systems inspected by a Vermont registered professional engineer on an annual basis.  Here is some guidance regarding what should be included in an inspection of a septic system.

PROCEDURAL   There is a procedure for using metered sewage flows for establishing the uncommitted reserve capacity of indirect discharging systems with design capacities of 6,500 gallons per day or more.  If applicable to your system, the procedure can allow greater utilization of the capability of the system for additional connections due to the difference in magnitude between design sewage flows and metered (actual) sewage flows. 

CERTIFIED OPERATORS    The Indirect Discharge Rules require a certified operator for all wastewater treatment facilities other than septic tank/leachfield systems.   The wastewater treatment facility operator and assistant operator shall both possess a current wastewater treatment plant operator’s certificate for the correct grade based on the system.  The operator’s certification grade shall be established using the Vermont Water Pollution Abatement Facility "Operator Certification Regulations" effective October 21, 1985.  At the discretion of the Secretary, an assistant chief operator may not be required for those treatment systems requiring infrequent oversight. Information regarding operator certification can be on the Watershed Management’s Operator Certification page.

COMPLIANCE     The Indirect Discharge Section expects full compliance with the conditions contained in Indirect Discharge Permits and has established standard procedures for dealing with compliance issues which strive to obtain voluntary compliance by permittees

The Section’s Significant Non-Compliance Policy provides examples of significant non-compliance which would merit a referral to the Department’s Compliance and Enforcement Division for resolution.

NEED HELP?    Please contact us for further information and assistance.




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