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Update on Conference Line and Webcast for EPA's Listening Sessions on Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking

January 12, 2010

Update on Conference Line and Webcast for EPA's Listening Sessions on Proposed Stormwater Rulemaking

EPA has announced plans to initiate national rulemaking to strengthen its stormwater program. In order to seek stakeholder input to help EPA shape this proposed rule, EPA will be holding a series of public listening sessions the last two weeks of January. Specific information, including locations and dates, is available in a Federal Register Notice available at www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking. For individuals who cannot attend a specific listening session, EPA will make a "listen only" conference call line available. Please contact Amber Marriott (amber.marriott@tetratech.com) for the conference call information.

EPA is also announcing a webcast as a virtual listening session on February 3, 2010 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern time. This webcast will be similar to the five listening sessions, and is intended for anyone who cannot participate in the on-site listening sessions. Registration information for the listening sessions and webcast is available at www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking. Written comments must be submitted on or before February 26, 2010 to the address specified in the Federal Register notice.

What to expect: EPA will give a brief presentation at the beginning of each listening session, but the intent of these listening sessions is to receive feedback from the public. The focus of the listening sessions is on the following preliminary rulemaking considerations as described in the Federal Register Notice:

  • Redefine the area subject to federal stormwater regulations
  • Establish specific requirements to control stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment
  • Develop a single set of consistent stormwater requirements for all MS4s
  • Require MS4s to address stormwater discharges in areas of existing development by retrofitting the sewer system or drainage area with improved stormwater control measures
  • Explore specific stormwater provisions to protect sensitive areas

Please note that these listening sessions are not intended to solicit comments on the recently finalized Construction and Development Effluent Limitation Guidelines (http://www.epa.gov/waterscience/guide/construction) nor the Construction General Permit (http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.cfm#final2008cgp).

We look forward to receiving your comments. A factsheet on the listening sessions is available at www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.

 

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