Renewal of SSTS Proprietary Products
In 2008, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) began the process to review applications and officially register products used in Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems (SSTS). The products include both treatment products (i.e.: aerobic treatment units) and distribution media products (i.e.: chambers). These are systems installed outside homes or other establishments that treat and disperse effluent into suitable soils. The products are registered in Minnesota for up to three years; thereafter the products need to be renewed by the product’s manufacturer.
The next round of registered SSTS products up for renewal is due December 31, 2013. The manufacturer of each product is required to submit an application, along with an affidavit, to renew their product for use in Minnesota (both of the required forms are on the SSTS Product Registration site under ‘Forms for Treatment and Distribution Products’). This renewal requirement is part of the ‘feedback loop’ on product performance and to document whether the product has changed or not.
As part of product renewal, the MPCA is required to:
- request field assessment comments from local units of government, no later than October 31, 2013, and
- discuss any comments received on product performance with the SSTS Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) before the product is renewed for three years.
The list of products subject to renewal will be posted here in the fall of 2013.
If you have any questions about the renewal process for septic system products, please contact Barbara McCarthy by telephone at 218-302-6647 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.