Sewage sludge; regulation and management of land application thereof. (HB2079)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Wittman (R-Montross) with support from co-patrons Del. Watkins Abbitt (I-Appomattox), Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), Del. Clarke Hogan (R-South Boston), Del. Shannon Valentine (D-Lynchburg), and Sen. Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Land application of biosolids. Consolidates the program that regulates the application of biosolids (sewage sludge) under one agency, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Currently, the responsibility for regulation of the land application of biosolids is split between DEQ and the Department of Health. The bill also requires the on-site presence of state or local officials when biosolids are being applied and assesses a fee of $7.50 on each dry ton of sewage sludge applied in the Commonwealth. The bill becomes effective on July 1, 2008, provided that adequate funds have been appropriated and adequate positions have been authorized to administer the program. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 078989554
01/08/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
01/18/2007Assigned ACNRsub: Agriculture (Orrock)
01/30/2007Impact statement from DPB (HB2079)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1339.


Lorraine Potter writes:

DEQ did just as shabby a job as VDH in the PCB scandal in 1999--they do just as poor a job of currently regulating about 10% of the sewage sludge in the state--this is playing political football with a health issue.

Jennifer England writes:

This will give no meaningful releif to citizens in Campbell County.