1.Power to grant variances.
The department may grant a variance from any statutory water pollution abatement requirement, pursuant to section 414-A,
subsection 1, paragraph D, to any municipality or quasi-municipal entity, hereinafter called the "municipality," upon application
by it. The department may grant a variance only upon a finding that:
A. Federal funds for the construction of municipal waste water treatment facilities are not available for the project; [1983, c. 566, §26 (AMD).]
B. The municipality has demonstrated that it has completed preliminary plans acceptable to the department for the treatment
of municipal wastes and for construction of that portion of the municipal sewage system intended to be served by the planned
municipal treatment plant when that plant first begins operations; and [1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF); 1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §51 (AMD).]
C. Beginning on October 1, 1976, the municipality shall collect, from each discharger into its sewage system and each discharger
not connected to the sewage system that has signed an approved agreement with the municipality pursuant to subsection 2, a
fee sufficient to equal their proportionate share of the actual current cost of operating the sewage system for which preliminary
plans have been completed and approved pursuant to paragraph B. Actual current costs include but are not limited to preliminary
plans, final design plans, site acquisition, legal fees, interest fees, sewer system maintenance and rehabilitation and other
administrative costs. A municipality may provide, when permitted under the federal construction grant program, that in lieu
of such annual fees paid by dischargers, the municipality may apportion an appropriate amount from general revenues to cover
that share of fees to be paid by dischargers.
The funds collected or apportioned pursuant to this paragraph and interest collected thereon must be invested and expended
pursuant to Title 30-A, subpart 9.
Any funds paid by a discharger or discharger not connected to the sewage system pursuant to this paragraph may be credited
to the account of the discharger if the municipality is subsequently reimbursed by the federal construction grant program.
The credit arrangement must be determined by agreement between the municipality and the discharger. [1989, c. 6, (AMD); 1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD); 1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD); 1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF); 1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §51 (AMD).]
Variances are issued for a term certain not to exceed 3 years, and may be renewed, except that no variance may run longer
than the time specified for completion of the municipal waste treatment facility. Notwithstanding the provisions of this
subsection, no variance issued under this section may extend beyond July 1, 1988. Upon notice of the availability of federal
funds, the municipality shall present to the department for approval an implementation schedule for designing, constructing
and placing the waste collection and treatment facilities in operation.
Variances may be conditioned upon reasonable and necessary terms relating to appropriate interim measures to be taken by the
municipality to maintain or improve water quality.
1989, c. 6, (AMD);
1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD);
1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §§8, 10 (AMD);
1989, c. 890, Pt. A, §40 (AFF);
1989, c. 890, Pt. B, §51 (AMD)
1-A.Time schedule for salt and sand-salt storage program.
An owner or operator of a salt or sand-salt storage area is not in violation of any groundwater classification or reclassification
adopted on or after January 1, 1980 with respect to discharges to the groundwater from those facilities, if the owner or operator
has completed all steps required to be completed by the schedules set forth in this subchapter. The commissioner shall administer
this schedule according to the project priority list adopted by the board pursuant to section 411 and the provisions of this
subsection. A municipal or county site classified as Priority 4 or Priority 5 as of April 1, 2000, which was registered pursuant
to section 413 prior to October 15, 1997, may not be in violation of any groundwater classification or reclassification with
respect to discharges to the groundwater from those facilities.
A. Preliminary notice must be completed and submitted to the Department of Transportation by the following dates:
(1) For Priority 1 and 2 projects , the latest of the following dates:
(a) One year from a designation under section 411;
(b) One year from notice of availability of a state grant, if eligible; or
(c) January 1996.
(2) For municipal, state and county Priority 3 projects, the later of the following dates:
(a) One year from notice of availability of a state grant, if eligible; or
(b) January 2003.
(3) For other Priority 3 projects, the later of the following dates:
(a) One year from a designation under section 411; or
(b) January 1997. [1999, c. 387, §5 (AMD).]
B. [1999, c. 387, §5 (RP).]
C. [1999, c. 387, §5 (RP).]
D. For municipal and county sites only, review of final plans with the Department of Transportation must be completed within
12 months of the dates established in paragraph A for each priority category. [1999, c. 387, §5 (AMD).]
E. Construction must be completed and the facility in operation within 24 months of the dates established in paragraph A for
each priority category. [1999, c. 387, §5 (AMD).]
In no case may violations of the lowest groundwater classification be allowed. In addition, no violations of any groundwater
classifications adopted after January 1, 1980, may be allowed for more than 3 years from the date of an offer of a state grant
for the construction of those facilities.
The department may not issue time schedule variances under subsection 1 to owners or operators of salt or sand-salt storage
An owner or operator of a salt or sand-salt storage area who is in compliance with this section is exempt from the requirements
of licensing under section 413, subsection 2-D.
An owner or operator is not in violation of a schedule established pursuant to this subsection if the owner or operator is
eligible for a state grant to implement the schedule and the state grant is not available.
1999, c. 387, §5 (AMD)
1-B.Department of Transportation storage areas.
A sand and salt storage area owned by the Department of Transportation and registered prior to October 1, 1999 is not in
violation of a groundwater classification or reclassification adopted on or after January 1, 1980 with respect to discharges
of groundwater from that area if:
A. The Department of Transportation biennially submits to the Legislature a budget request sufficient to comply with this subsection
and section 413; [2003, c. 502, §2 (NEW).]
B. Prior to the use of funds appropriated by the Legislature to carry out the purposes of this subsection, the Department of
Transportation presents to the department for comment and response a plan for the use of those funds by outlining a sand and
salt storage area specific expenditure plan to prevent pollution, avoid future abatement or clean-up costs and comply with
applicable federal guidelines; and [2003, c. 502, §2 (NEW).]
C. The Department of Transportation reports annually to the department on the status of available funds and the department
determines that pursuant to this report the Department of Transportation is making timely use of the funds consistent with
the plan and comments provided pursuant to paragraph B. [2003, c. 502, §2 (NEW).]
2003, c. 502, §2 (NEW)
Any person, other than a municipality, maintaining a discharge subject to the requirements of section 413, 414 and 414-A
shall be exempt from the requirements of section 414-A, subsection 1, paragraph D, Effluent Limitations and Best Practicable
Treatment, if, by July 1, 1976 or on the commencement of a licensed discharge, whichever occurs later, such discharger presents
to the Department of Environmental Protection and receives approval of a contract agreeing to connect to the existing or planned
municipal sewage system immediately upon completion of construction and commencement of operation of such treatment plant.
Such contract must insure that, in the case of a new discharge, such new discharge will not cause serious water quality problems,
including but not limited to downgrading the receiving waters so as to make them unsuitable for currently existing uses. For
the purpose of this section, a "new discharge" is a discharge which commences or a discharge which changes characteristics
or increases licensed volume by more than 10% on or after the effective date of this Act.
1975, c. 700, §1 (AMD)
3.Failure to comply with agreement.
Failure to comply with any of the terms of an agreement approved pursuant to subsection 2 shall immediately render such agreement
null and void and discharges included in such an agreement shall immediately cease or shall only discharge in accordance with
the standards of best practicable treatment specified in section 414-A, subsection 1, paragraph D, and all other requirements
of sections 414 and 414-A.
1975, c. 209, (NEW)
Where a discharger otherwise exempted from constructing treatment facilities pursuant to this section will be required to
pretreat effluents before discharge into the municipal system pursuant to any requirement of state or federal law, the pretreatment
system shall be installed upon commencement of the discharge.
1983, c. 566, §27 (AMD)
Municipalities and quasi-municipal entities shall assess and collect the fees to be charged pursuant to this section in accordance
with the provisions of chapter 11, and Title 30-A, chapters 161 and 213.
1987, c. 737, Pt. C, §§89, 106 (AMD);
1989, c. 6, (AMD);
1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD);
1989, c. 104, Pt. C, §8, 10 (AMD)
6.Power to grant variances to owners of private dwellings.
1983, c. 566, §28 (RP)
7.Power to grant variances to owners of a single family dwelling.
1987, c. 180, §3 (RP);
1987, c. 192, §15 (RP)
1973, c. 423, §8 (NEW).
1975, c. 209, (RPR).
1975, c. 700, §§1,2 (AMD).
1977, c. 185, (AMD).
1977, c. 564, §§138,139 (AMD).
1983, c. 566, §§26-29 (AMD).
1985, c. 162, §6 (AMD).
1987, c. 180, §3 (AMD).
1987, c. 192, §§14,15 (AMD).
1987, c. 492, (AMD).
1987, c. 737, §§C88,C89, C106 (AMD).
1987, c. 769, §A176 (AMD).
1989, c. 6, (AMD).
1989, c. 9, §2 (AMD).
1989, c. 104, §§C8,C10 (AMD).
1989, c. 890, §§A40,B51,52 (AMD).
1989, c. 926, §1 (AMD).
1991, c. 9, §II5 (AMD).
1991, c. 622, §X13 (AMD).
1991, c. 824, §A86 (AMD).
1993, c. 54, §1 (AMD).
1999, c. 387, §5 (AMD).
2003, c. 502, §2 (AMD).
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