EPA to hold public listening session on stormwater rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold five public listening session to provide information about a potential stormwater rule that would strengthen regulations regarding stormwater discharges. In conjunction, the EPA also plans to establish a program to reduce stormwater for new development and redevelopment.

The agency is seeking input on the following preliminary regulatory consideration:

- 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 throughretrofitting 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 across the country on January 19, 20, 25, 26, and 28 at regional EPA offices in Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas and Washington, DC, respectively. The general public can register for the sessions at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.

Brief oral statments and written statements will be accepted at the sessions. Written comments also will be accepted until Feb. 26, 2010. Those interested in attending a public session must register by Jan. 15, 2010 via www.epa.gov/npdes/training. For those who are interested in listening without attending a session, the EPA will make a "listen only" conference call available.

For more information on the proposed changes and the sessions, visit www.epa/gov/npdes/stormwater/rulemaking.