EPA SSO Workshop Planned for July
The June 1, 2010 Federal Register indicated that EPA undertook a series of public listening sessions to seek stakeholder input to help the Agency determine whether and how to modify the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations as they apply to municipal sanitary sewer collection systems and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). WEF members, including Member Associations, participated in these listening sessions.
During a May 11, 2011, presentation to NACWA’s National Environmental Policy Forum, Jim Hanlon, Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management, indicated that a vast majority of the participants in the listening sessions did encourage EPA to proceed with an update to the NPDES regulations with respect to SSOs. However, due to unforeseen staff and budget constraints, this effort was not undertaken by EPA immediately following the listening sessions. Mr. Hanlon announced that EPA will hold a facilitated SSO workshop on July 14-15 in Washington, DC to discuss current stakeholder views and, hopefully, craft a way forward for EPA on SSOs. Key WEF members will be participating in this workshop.