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Bills delaying ban on spreading septic waste are moving with environmental support

The heaviest particulate matter in the waste is called sludge and sinks to the bottom of a tank. The average septic tank requires pumping at least every three years. Lawmakers are debating restrictions on how the sludge may be used. Photo by MD Dept.

A pair of bills that would delay a ban on spreading septic tank waste on land as required in 2010 springs legislation are moving through the House and Senate with environmental opposition having been dropped.

SB 550 in 2010, a springs protection bill, banned the land application effective on Jan. 1, 2016. About 100 million gallons of waste is pumped out of Florida's 2.5 million septic tanks each year and some is spread at 92 regulated sites, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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