I started this debate back in 2004 or 5 when I was on the Peoria County Land Use Committee so I am pleased that the board has finally approved this control of septic tank overflow pollution similar to my proposal and my relentless pursuit of passage of this pollution control act. There were, at the time, approximately 13,000 septic tanks in the county unregulated. Many people who moved from sewer controlled locations to septic tanks on their new ownerships were often surprised that most septic tanks overflowed and polluted the land and water near them. I pressed for an inspection of these tanks every 3-5 years. Due to the efforts of Peoria County Board Members, the State of Illinois, passed a similar bill recently.
To cut mailing costs, I recommended the paperwork be tied in with the mailing of property tax bills and that other costs to all taxpayers be offset by fines to those who did not turn in an inspection certificate.
Pollution inspection controls were contested by many of those with septic tanks who were already properly attending their tanks so I do not know exactly how the wording of my proposal ended up in this new regulating pollution bill..
Anyway, thanks, Peoria County Board members for helping control a major source of pollution