Bockis explains new law designed to speed up development
Andrew T. Bockis, an associate in the Energy, Environment and Utilities Department, was quoted extensively in this article about passage of a new Pennsylvania law that amends Pennsylvania’s Sewage Facilities Act.
The new law recognizes that properly designed septic systems satisfy the state’s so-called antidegradation requirements, Bockis said. The law nullifies a proposal from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that called for a 1-acre minimum for any lot development with onsite sewage in high quality or exceptional value watersheds. All of Pike County is located in such watersheds.
Bockis said home builders pushed for the new law.
“Having to do full-blown studies to get septic systems approved would make many residential development projects cost-prohibitive,” he said.