State Board for Certification of SEOs Examination Schedule for 2022

The State Board for Certification of Sewage Enforcement Officers (Board) has scheduled the certification examination schedule for 2022. (See full notice HERE) To qualify to sit for the certification examination, all Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO) candidates must successfully complete the Pre-certification Academy. Examination applications must be received (not postmarked) by the Board, complete and correct, (more…)

PADEP Act 34 of 2020 FAQs

PA DEP distributed the following FAQ to the SEO community on May 17, 2021 regarding Act 34 of 2020.  Read complete FAQ here. Excerpt: “This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document was created to address questions surrounding the implementation of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act, Act 537 of 1965, (SFA) as amended by Act 34 of (more…)

Legislative Hearing on Act 34

A legislative hearing by the joint Environmental Resources & Energy Committee is planned for 9:00am-11:00am on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 regarding the enactment of Act 34 of 2020 (formerly SB1030) and its implementation by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Representatives from PASEO will be offering testimony to the legislators along with other wastewater organizations (more…)

Act 34 of 2020 and DEP All-SEO Letters

Following the enactment of Act 34 of 2020 (formerly SB1030), PA DEP issued two “All-SEO Letters” in 2021 (to date) providing information on how the Department views the new law and its interpretation of how to implement it. The February 3, 2021 All-SEO Letter covers a variety of important topics and can be viewed HERE.  (more…)

Final TVP Published

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, PADEP published in the PA Bulletin the final technical guidance document entitled “Alternate Onlot Sewage Pretreatment Technology Verification Policy (TVP).”  The technical guidance is available from DEP’s eLibary HERE The stated purpose of this guidance is to provide scientific, technical, and field testing standards as directed by Act 26 of (more…)

Changes to SEO certification proposed

PA DEP is considering changes to the SEO certification process and continuing education requirements. The draft proposed guidance document is available on the SAC website or HERE.

Act 26 Draft Technical Guidance Docs

The Department has developed two draft Technical Guidance Documents pursuant to Act 26 requirements. We will be accepting comments on these draft documents upon their publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 10, 2018. It is a 30-day comment period. These two draft Technical Guidance Documents are: Draft Act 537 Program Guidance; Site Suitability and (more…)

Act 26 Implementation

As a result of Act 26 of 2017’s enactment, PA DEP has begun to develop an implementation plan for the new law. As a reminder, Act 26 permits the use of alternate systems for land planning purposes.  It also mandates the creation of a system to evaluate the effectiveness of alternate systems (both currently approved (more…)

Act 26 of 2017

On Thursday, July 20, 2018, Governor Wolf signed as Act 26 legislation amending Section 5 of Pennsylvania’s Sewage Facilities Act (Act 537). Know previously as Senate Bill 144, introduced by Sen. Yaw (R-Bradford Co.), the law permits the use of alternate systems for land planning.  It also creates an evaluation process to review the current (more…)

Revised Chapter 71-73 Proposed to SAC

PADEP Releases Draft Proposed Revisions to Chapters 71-73 The Pennsylvania Sewage Advisory Committee (SAC) will be meeting on November 5th to discuss the draft proposed regulatory amendments to Chapters 71, 72, and 73. The agenda and the meeting materials are available on SAC’s website for your reference. See Chapter 71 | Chapter 72 | Chapter 73.  (more…)