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New Stormwater Listening Session in Boston on March 11, 2010

February 15, 2010

New Stormwater Listening Session in Boston on March 11, 2010

In December, EPA 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 held a series of public listening sessions the last two weeks of January. EPA's presentation from these listening sessions and a copy of the Federal Register Notice seeking stakeholder input is available at

EPA has added an additional listening session in Boston on March 11, 2010 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Registration information for this listening session is available at For individuals who cannot attend the Boston listening session, EPA will make a 'listen only' conference call line available. Please contact Amber Marriott ( for the conference call information.

EPA also held a virtual listening session webcast on February 3, 2010. The archive of this webcast will be available by the end of February.

Written comments on EPA's proposed rulemaking must be submitted on or before February 26, 2010 to the address specified in the Federal Register notice.

What to expect at the Boston listening session:

EPA will give a brief presentation at the beginning of the listening session, but the intent of the listening session is to receive feedback from the public. The focus of the listening session 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 through retrofitting the sewer system or drainage area with improved stormwater control measures
  • Explore specific stormwater provisions to protect sensitive areas

Please note that the listening session is not intended to solicit comments on the recently finalized Construction and Development Effluent Limitation Guidelines (, the Construction General Permit ( or the Draft General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts North Coastal Watersheds. EPA-Region 1 will hold a separate public hearing for the draft general permit on March 18, 2010. For further information about the draft general permit or the March 18 public hearing, please contact Thelma Murphy (

We look forward to receiving your comments. A factsheet on the listening sessions is available at


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