(a)  Vehicles used for the transportation of septage shall be operated and maintained to prevent leaks and spills of septage and shall comply with the following:

(1)           all tanks shall be constructed of metal and affixed to the truck bed with permanent fixtures such as bolts;

(2)           all valves shall be in working order and be closed during transportation;

(3)           all access ports shall have lids in good repair in accordance with manufacturer specifications and sealed during transportation;

(4)           portable toilet pump units that slide into pickup truck beds shall be bolted to the trucks in accordance with manufacturer specifications;

(5)           boats used to pump or transport septage shall be United States Coast Guard approved or construction plans shall be available indicating that the specific craft is stable in the water when fully loaded with septage, and if required by G.S. 89C, a professional engineer shall prepare these documents; and

(6)           tanks that are mounted on trailers for the pumping or transportation of septage shall meet all applicable State and federal requirements for highway use.

(b)  All permitted septage management firms shall display lettering on each side of every pumper vehicle operated by the firm. The lettering shall include the firm name, town name, phone number, and septage management firm permit number as shown on the firm application. All lettering required by this Rule on the pumper vehicle shall be no less than three inches in height and legible, distinguishable from the background, and not obstructed from view. Identification shall not be removable (i.e. no magnetic signs).

(c)  Applicants for septage management firm permits that were not permitted in the previous calendar year shall have each pump truck inspected prior to the Division's issuance of a permit.

(d)  Septage to be discharged at a wastewater treatment plant or any part of the collection system for that plant shall be handled in accordance with the plant rules and policies.

(e)  All vehicles used in the transportation of septage, including spare vehicles and tankers, shall meet the requirements of this Section and be included in the permit application.

(f)  Vehicles used in the transportation of septage, that are listed on an approved septage management firm permit application, may remain loaded or partially loaded on land owned by the septage management firm for up to seven days without obtaining a permit for a detention or treatment facility. Such vehicles shall comply with this Rule.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 130A-291.1;

Eff. October 1, 2009;

Readopted Eff. February 1, 2019 (Recodified from 15A NCAC 13B .0844).