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25 Pa. Code § 73.12. Site location.

§ 73.12. Site location.

 (a)  A proposed absorption area or spray field having the following characteristics shall be considered unsuitable for the installation of an onlot system or an individual residential spray irrigation system and a permit shall be denied where:

   (1)  The slope of the proposed absorption area or spray field is greater than 25%.

   (2)  The area is identified by completed Federal Flood Insurance mapping as a floodway. Where there is no flood mapping, a flood way extends 50 feet from the top of the stream bank as determined by the local agency. This paragraph is not applicable to spray fields.

   (3)  One or more rock outcrops exist within the proposed absorption area.

   (4)  In areas underlain by limestone, depressions left by earlier sinkholes exist either in whole or in part within the proposed absorption area or spray field.

 (b)  Absorption areas or spray fields may not be placed in or on fill unless the fill has remained in place for a minimum of 4 years to allow restoration of natural permeability. The fill shall be composed of clean mineral soil and meet the provisions of §  73.14 (relating to site investigation).

 (c)  Absorption areas or spray fields shall be sited only in or on undisturbed soils.


   The provisions of this §  73.12 amended under section 9 of the Pennsylvania Sewage Facilities Act (35 P. S. §  750.9); The Clean Streams Law (35 P. S. § §  691.1—691.1001); and section 1920-A of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. §  510-20).


   The provisions of this §  73.12 adopted August 2, 1971, effective August 14, 1971, 1 Pa.B. 1649; amended April 26, 1974, effective May 13, 1974, 4 Pa.B. 817; amended August 30, 1974, effective September 16, 1974, 4 Pa.B. 1805; amended January 21, 1983, effective January 22, 1983, 13 Pa.B. 508; amended November 7, 1997, effective November 8, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 5877. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (221911).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  71.63 (relating to retaining tanks); and 25 Pa. Code §  73.161 (relating to general).

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