Open House on Disadvantaged Community Rulemaking
Posted: 11/10/2011

The DNR is hosting an open house Nov. 16 for anyone interested in proposed rules that will define how communities qualify as disadvantaged communities when complying with wastewater treatment regulations.

The open house will be in the third floor conference room of the Wallace State Office Building, 502 E. Ninth St., Des Moines. Interested people can drop in anytime between 2 and 4:30 p.m. 

The proposed rules apply to both communities that have sewers and those that do not. The rules were developed after Senate File 407 passed in April, modifying existing state law governing how wastewater regulations apply to disadvantaged communities .

The open forum will provide an opportunity to ask questions and learn about proposed changes.

The new subsections specify criteria the DNR must use to determine if a community is disadvantaged.  If DNR determines that a community meets eligibility requirements, the community will be allowed a longer time to comply with state and federal wastewater regulations.  

The rules also discuss what a community will need to do regarding wastewater treatment if they qualify as disadvantaged.

For more information contact Courtney Cswercko at 515-281-7206 or Courtney.Cswercko@dnr.iowa.gov.