New website link concerns DEP's proposed septic system policy

 WAYNE COUNTY - The Wayne County Builders Association announced that it has launched a new webpage, dedicated to providing information on the draft guidance document proposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for on-lot sewage systems in high quality (HQ) and exceptional value (EV) watersheds, at

Virtually all of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and much of Carbon counties will be impacted by these proposed DEP policy changes.

Approval of this policy will lead to significant restrictions on the use of individuals’ private property, and it will create unnecessary and excessive costs, such as for the use of septic systems with nitrate removal technology. Many pre-existing properties will be rendered non-buildable as a result. Also, 150’ forested buffers for ponds, lakes, streams and even intermittent streams already mandated for watersheds in Northeast PA by the state’s Chapter 102 regulations, will result in a loss of use of large portions of existing and future lots which have any surface water.

"We are very eager for the public to view our new webpage, which offers the opportunity to learn in detail how this proposed policy affects almost every piece of land, business and homeowner in NortheasternPA. The purpose of this site is to provide resources and information related to planning on-lot sewage systems in special protection watersheds," said John R. Bea, President. "This is an urgent issue in which the public needs to act immediately if they disagree with this proposed policy."

They ask the public to view this webpage at and click on the link "Responsible Citizens for Clean Water" to learn about this new proposed guidance document and what can be done to prevent this policy from being enacted in its current form. Comments are being accepted by DEP through April 30. For more information and for assistance on how to voice your concerns, contact the Wayne County Builders Association at (570) 226-4941.