CHARLESTOWN - The Rhode Island Dept. of Environmental Management (DEM) has agreed to begin writing new regulations regarding waste water treatment that will be aimed at protecting local salt ponds and lessening financial burdens for homeowners looking to renovate.
The agreement was made as the result of a meeting between DEM officials and state legislators called by State Rep. Donna Walsh (D-36). Representatives Teresa Tanzi (D-34) and Spencer Dickinson (D-35) took part in the discussions.
Walsh said that she received resolutions from Charlestown, Westerly and South Kingstown regarding new innovative wastewater treatment technology, and asking her to look into DEM’s current wastewater treatment regulations.
“We all recognize the importance of reducing nitrogen loading to our ponds but we also recognize the importance for providing affordable solutions for our citizens and a stimulus for the stagnant construction industry,” she said in a statement.
Existing DEM regulations require homeowners to purchase de-nitrification systems when they make home renovations. Changing the footprint or height of a home automatically triggers system upgrade. These systems can cost in the vicinity of $30,000.
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