EPA Sets 5 Sessions to Get Input on Potential Stormwater Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold five listening sessions to provide information to the public about a potential rule to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from new development and redevelopment.

EPA seeks input on the following preliminary regulatory considerations:

  • expand 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 municipal separate storm sewer systems;
  • require those sewer systems to address stormwater discharges in areas of existing development through retrofitting the sewer system or drainage area with improved stormwater control measures; and
  • explore specific stormwater provisions to protect sensitive areas.
The sessions will be held:

Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 5 Office, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 9 Office, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, Calif.
Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 8 Office, 1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, Colo.
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA Region 6 Office, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200 Dallas, Texas
Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EPA HQ Office, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

EPA will accept written comments on the preliminary rulemaking considerations until Feb. 26. For more information on listening sessions, the potential rule and instructions for submitting written comments, visit www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.

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