EPA Rulemaking aims to reduce sanitary sewer overflows.
Press Release Summary:
May 28, 2010 - EPA is initiating rulemaking to better protect environment and public health from effects of sanitary sewer overflows and basement backups. Agency is considering 2 modifications to regulations that address National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit conditions and regulatory framework for applying NPDES permit conditions to municipal satellite collection systems. Public can submit written comments until 60 days after rule is published in Federal Register.
Original Press Release
EPA to Initiate Rulemaking to Reduce Harmful Effects of Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Press release date: May 27, 2010
Infrastructure issues were discussed at the Coming Together for Clean Water Conference held by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on April 15, 2010. The agency plans to address these issues as part of its efforts to protect public health and revitalize local waterways.
EPA is considering two possible modifications to existing regulations: (1) establishing standard National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit conditions for publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) permits that specifically address sanitary sewer collection systems and SSOs; and (2) clarifying the regulatory framework for applying NPDES permit conditions to municipal satellite collection systems. Municipal satellite collection systems are sanitary sewers owned or operated by a municipality that conveys wastewater to a POTW operated by a different municipality. As a part of this effort, the agency is also considering whether to address long-standing questions about peak wet weather flows at municipal wastewater treatment plants to allow for a holistic, integrated approach to reducing SSOs while at the same time addressing peak flows at POTWs.
To help the agency make decisions on this proposed rulemaking, EPA will hold public listening sessions and the public can submit written comments. EPA will accept written comments on the potential rule until 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.
More information on sanitary sewer overflows, the potential rule and a schedule of the upcoming listening sessions: cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=4.