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Tea Party testifies septic tank bill stinks



Tea Party activists want governments off their backs – and out of their septic tanks.

They didn’t like a 2010 law requiring people to have their septic tanks inspected once every five years. And some of them don’t like a proposed draft bill that repeals that law but adds a state “model ordinance” that would allow local governments to implement their own programs.
Sharon Glass with the Santa Rosa Tea Party Patriots told members of the state Senate Environmental & Conservation committee today that no one has proven leaky septic tanks are causing water quality problems. She said the state is discriminating against septic tank owners.
“The Tea Party of Florida is behind the people with these septic tank issues,” said Glass, one of several Tea Party members to speak. “And we’re not going to stand for it.”
The new bill, proposed by Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, says that local governments could adopt the state’s new model, the details of which are not yet determined. Cities and counties could opt to adopt more stringent requirements. Or they could seek an exemption.
One committee member, Sen. Jack Latvala (R-St. Petersburg) took issue with Glass’ comment that the state was discriminating against septic tank owners.
“It’s all nice and good to be talking about discriminating against people but let me tell you one little story,” he said.
He went on to talk about Pasco County ’s Hudson Beach , a place that is frequently closed to swimmers because of high bacteria levels in the water.
“People cannot swim there because of the septic tanks on the canal,” he said. “So in that case we’re discriminating against completely innocent folks who all they want to do is take their kids to the beach every day.”

[Last modified: Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:51pm]


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