Skarlatos Zonarich receives favorable decision for NASSCO Petition

On February 26, 2020, SkarlatosZonarich obtained a favorable ruling on behalf of NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Contractors) to remove language in the Uniform Plumbing Code that banned the use of cured-in-place pipe and other trenchless technologies to replace cast iron soil pipes and fittings. SkarlatosZonarich attorneys Connie Wilson and Nathan Berry represented NASSCO in the action. NASSCO acknowledged SkarlatosZonarich for its hard work and dedication in this case and unfaltering support of the plumbing industry. SkarlatosZonarich has represented plumbing, heating & cooling, mechanical, and environmental businesses and trade associations for over 20 years.

Below is the press release from Sheila Joy, Executive Director of NASSCO announcing the favorable decision on our petition. https://www.nassco.org/news/iapmo-grants-nassco-petitions-regarding-upc-section-7153

IAPMO Grants NASSCO Petitions Regarding UPC Section 715.3

(Frederick, Maryland, February 27, 2020) – NASSCO has spent nearly two years advocating for the removal of language in the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) that banned the use of cured-in-place pipe and other trenchless technologies to replace cast iron soil pipes and fittings. On February 26, 2020, in response to its petitions, NASSCO received a decision from the IAMPO Board of Directors that reversed this ban. The prohibitive language for existing sewers was included in Section 715.3 of the 2018 Edition of the UPC and the 2021 Edition of the UPC as stated:

Replacement of existing building sewer and building storm sewers using trenchless methodology and materials shall be installed in accordance with ASTM F1216. Cast-iron soil pipes and fittings shall not be repaired or replaced by using this method aboveground or belowground. Replacement using cured-in-place pipe liners shall not be used on collapsed piping or when the existing piping is compromised.

NASSCO is thankful for the persistence and dedication of NASSCO members and its Lateral Committee and Plumbing Code Workgroup who contributed substantial time and effort throughout this process. They engaged with IAPMO’s Technical Committee and Standards Counsel and followed the due process procedures in IAPMO’s regulations that are available to parties interested in its code setting process.  In response to NASSCO’s petitions and efforts, IAPMO’s Board of Directors determined that extraordinary circumstances required intervention to protect the integrity of the codes and standards development process.  In granting NASSCO’s petitions, the Board rendered Section 715.3 of the code as follows:

2018 UPC

715.3 Existing Sewers. Replacement of existing building sewer and building storm sewers using trenchless methodology and materials shall be installed in accordance with ASTM F1216.

2021 UPC

715.3 Existing Sewers. Replacement of existing building sewer and building storm sewers using trenchless methodology and materials shall be installed in accordance with ASTM F1216, ASTM F2561, ASTM F2599 or ASTM F3240.

NASSCO would like to give special thanks to members Kaleel Rahaim (NASSCO Technical Advisory Council Member), Joanne Carroll (Principal, Subtegic Group, Inc.), Tom Bowman (Director of Technology & Licensing, NuFlow Technologies), Michael Jennings (VP of Operations, Rotoco), and NASSCO’s legal counsel, SkarlatosZonarich, for their hard work and dedication throughout this process and for their continued support of our industry.

“We have come together as trenchless technology providers and have been unified through the representation of NASSCO to have this prohibition removed,” said Carroll, who heads up NASSCO’s Plumbing Code Workgroup.  “Now, we must continue to build awareness and offer educational opportunities for the quality application of trenchless technology within the plumbing segment of the wastewater market. I’m so thankful for the support given throughout our industry and for NASSCO stepping up to support not only their membership, but all service providers, to enable the opportunity to provide technically sound solutions that minimize disruption when pipelines need repair or replacement.”

In addition to setting standards for the assessment, maintenance, and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure, NASSCO’s mission is to assure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless technologies.

“While cured-in-place pipe technology has been used successfully for over 40 years,” shared Bowman, “the manufacturing businesses providing these solutions have, for the most part, operated in their own silos in the process of competing for customers and market share. While this code process was unfortunate and caught our industry by surprise, it has been most refreshing to put aside our individual interests and work together for a shared purpose.”

NASSCO’s vision is to increase the awareness of aging underground infrastructure and to provide viable solutions through education, technical resources and industry advocacy. This can only be accomplished when competitors and others aligned to trenchless technologies come together to do what is best for the entire industry, as they did in this case.

“I am often asked what value NASSCO brings to its members, and this outcome is a perfect example of what can happen when our members take a stand for what’s right,” said Sheila Joy, NASSCO’s Executive Director. “As a 501 c (6) not-for-profit trade association, it is NASSCO’s responsibility to represent the entire industry fairly and objectively. Advocacy programs such as this one, along with government relations activity to secure funding for underground infrastructure, research studies on employee safety, workforce development and other initiatives that create opportunities for our members and keep our communities safe are what NASSCO is all about. 

“We appreciate IAPMO for providing procedures to voice concerns regarding their code and their Board of Directors’ attention to and careful consideration of our concerns. I encourage all of us to get involved and have a voice in the development of these important codes.”

About NASSCO:

Established in 1976 to represent contractors, NASSCO, Inc., a 501 c (6) not-for-profit organization, sets standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure and assures the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless (“no-dig”) technologies. Its vision is to build awareness for the need to repair aging underground infrastructure through education such as NASSCO’s Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP®), Inspector Training Certification Program (ITCP®) and other training programs; through technical resources including publications and specification guidelines; and through advocacy to secure funding of underground systems and protect the future of trenchless technologies.

NASSCO is driven by members across North and South America who are involved in keeping underground sewer systems operating at optimum performance.  NASSCO members include contractors who do the work, engineers who specify technologies, system owners (municipalities and other government organizations) who are responsible for the operation of their underground systems, companies that manufacture or supply equipment, supplies or services, and individuals, educational institutions and other organizations with interests that align with NASSCO’s goal to serve as the industry source for education, technical resources and advocacy. For more information please visit nassco.org

 

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