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Published: Monday, July 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Recent action by the Pennsylvania Legislature will avoid the devastation of rural development.

Gov. Tom Corbett recently signed Act 41 of 2013, which would allow for the continued use of on-lot septic systems, providing those systems comply with state Clean Streams Law requirements. The Legislature also passed a bill addressing a potential policy change by the state Department of Environmental Protection to severely limit the use of on-lot septic systems, crippling rural development. Quite simply, the DEP proposal would have added an additional $15,000 in cost to every home built in rural Pennsylvania and killed development in much of the state.

It's clear that the Legislature and our governor understand how important home building is to the economy. Act 41 addresses the environmental impacts of on-lot septic systems and by acknowledging the systems' compliance, will save billions in additional costs to the construction industry.

Kevin Coutts

Paupack, Pike County

The writer is a housing contractor and vice president of the Pennsylvania Builders Association.



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