Land application of sewage sludge; regulation and management thereof. (SB1339)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) with support from co-patrons Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg), and Sen. Charles Hawkins (R-Chatham)


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 »


04/04/2007: enacted


01/15/2007Presented and ordered printed 072558776
01/15/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
01/22/2007Committee substitute printed 072567776-S1
01/23/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/23/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2007Read second time
01/24/2007Reading of substitute waived
01/24/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072567776-S1
01/24/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1339S1
01/25/2007Passed by for the day
01/26/2007Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/26/2007Communicated to House
02/01/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1339S1)
02/05/2007Placed on Calendar
02/05/2007Read first time
02/05/2007Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources
02/07/2007Committee substitute printed 072587776-H1
02/08/2007Read second time
02/09/2007Read third time
02/09/2007Committee substitute agreed to 072587776-H1
02/09/2007Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1339H1
02/09/2007Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (92-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/13/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2007Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1339ER)
02/20/2007Signed by President
02/20/2007Signed by Speaker
03/14/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1339ER)
03/26/2007Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/03/2007Placed on Calendar
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter (effective - see bill)
04/04/2007House concurred in Governor's recommendation (97-Y 0-N)
04/04/2007G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/04/2007VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/04/2007Reenrolled bill text (SB1339ER2)
04/04/2007Signed by President as reenrolled
04/04/2007Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/04/2007Enacted, Chapter 929 (effective - see bill)
04/11/2007G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0929)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2079.


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.