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Septic Tank Bill will further penalise rural householders – Stanley

7 November, 2011

Sinn Féin spokesperson on the environment, Brian Stanley, is demanding clarification on aspects of the controversial legislation providing for the registration and inspection of septic tanks which was published last week.

Deputy Stanley said:

“This legislation introduces extra stealth taxes for already over-taxed householders who also face a new €100 household charge in a few months time. The Bill includes a €50 registration fee and further inspections costing €200. If upgrades to septic tank systems are required, this could cost thousands to meet the new standards. Despite earlier assurances from the Minister it now appears that the registration fee would have to be paid every five years. There is also no commitment to implementing income related grants to cover the cost of upgrades as proposed by Sinn Fein.

“Sinn Féin is opposed to the Bill as it currently stands and we will be seeking to amend it. We are proposing that the inspections are carried out by engineering and technical staff from Local Authorities and that a grant system is implemented to assist those who require upgrade works. This legislation opens the door for future stealth taxes on rural householders through repeated inspections and increased registration and inspection fees.”

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