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Ban proposed for well and septic permits in flood plains

July 19, 2009|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Health Department will hold a public hearing on Aug. 17 on banning new well and septic permits in 100-year flood plain areas. 

Lee Fowler, the department's administrator, said the order to hold public hearings came from the state Bureau of Public Health at a May meeting because of contamination concerns.  

"We are going by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) definition of flood plain," he said. 

Property that is not in the flood plain, but is close to it would not be prohibited, as long as all the requirements for well and septic permits are met, according to the health department. 

He said any well or septic permits already issued will not be affected.  

The site of the public hearing has not yet been determined, Fowler said. A second hearing will also be held at a later date. He said a public notice will be issued as soon as the site and time is determined. 

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The county subdivision ordinance of 2006 prohibits building in the flood plain. The building itself has to be outside the flood plain, according to Alma Gorse, county planner.

Individuals applying for a building permit must comply with the flood-plain regulations, she said.

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