Senators Hassan and Burling Praise Spirit of Compromise in New Solution to Septage Bill

For Immediate Release

Contact: Senator Peter Burling

Email: peter.burling@leg.state.nh.us

Senator Maggie Hassan

Email: maggie.hassan@leg.state.nh.us

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Senators Hassan and Burling Praise Spirit of Compromise in New Solution to Septage Bill

CONCORD, NH – State Senators Maggie Hassan and Peter Burling today congratulated all of the parties who contributed to the compromise resolution of SB 346, legislation dealing with septage disposition.

SB 346, sponsored by Senator Martha Fuller Clark, D-District 24, establishes standards and procedures for septage management, establishes a complaint procedure for violations, and provides for state guaranteed bonding of innovative or alternative septage treatment facilities and sites.

“This bill generated huge controversy and disagreement among the parties in interest,” stated Sen. Peter Burling, D-District 5. “Senator Martha Fuller Clark, the septic haulers, and the employees at DES, worked tirelessly to reach a compromise bill that everyone could support.”

This bill, in its amended form, clarifies the notice requirements which must be met before an application takes place. SB 346 also codifies some of the important definitions and terms.

“The fact that Senator Fuller Clark and the other parties were able to find compromise on this important legislation is a testament to the dedication all parties have to the continued wellbeing of the state of New Hampshire,” concluded Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-District 23.