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Bill would delay ban on land spreading of septic tanks waste by two years

Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Sunrise, confers with Rep. Tom Goodson, R-Titusville, during public testimony on HB 1113, which they are co-sponsoring. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.

A House committee approved a bill on Tuesday that delays a prohibition on the land spreading of septic tank waste, which was required in 2010 springs legislation.

About 100,000 septic tanks are pumped out each year resulting in 100 million gallons of septic tank waste, called septage. There are 92 regulated sites which receive the waste including farms that use it as fertilizer, according to the Florida Department of Health.

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