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Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking and Listening Sessions

December 22, 2009

Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking and Listening Sessions

EPA would like to announce its plans to open a public input period and hold listening sessions to inform a rulemaking to strengthen national stormwater regulations by establishing a program to reduce stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment and making other regulatory improvements.

Stormwater discharges from developed sites can negatively impact water quality through increases in stormwater volume and increased pollutant loads to the receiving waters. Because stormwater discharges from the built environment are a principal contributor to water quality impairments nationwide, EPA signed an FR Notice in October 2009 announcing its plans to propose and take final action by November 2012 on a national stormwater rulemaking. EPA also proposed an information collection request (ICR) to inform the rulemaking.

In order to support the rule, EPA will be issuing a second FR Notice this week which requests input from the public on preliminary considerations for modifying and/or supplementing EPA's stormwater regulations. In addition, the notice provides the opportunity for the public to voluntarily provide information on current stormwater control practices that retain stormwater on-site including design, performance, operation and maintenance, cost, and benefit information. The locations of the listening sessions are listed below and posted to the following website:

Registration information is available on the website.

The locations and dates for the five listening sessions are:

  • January 19, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EPA Region 5 Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60604
  • January 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EPA Region 9 Office, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • January 25, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EPA Region 8 Office, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO 80202-1129
  • January 26, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EPA Region 6 Office, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 Dallas, Texas 75202
  • January 28, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at EPA HQ Office, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004

We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed regulatory considerations. A Factsheet on the listening sessions is available at If you have questions about the Notice and/or the rulemaking, please contact Holly Galavotti at (202) 564-1489 or


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