The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host three public listening sessions to seek input on a rulemaking effort aimed at providing certainty surrounding the management of peak wet weather flows at certain municipal wastewater treatment plants.

“EPA is taking action to provide municipalities with sought-after regulatory certainty so that facilities can optimize wastewater treatment during wet weather,” said EPA Office of Water Assistant Administrator David Ross. “It’s critical that we hear from cites, states, tribes, and others so that we can design a rule that protects public health and local water quality and also allows for innovation and flexibility.”

Recognizing the years of experience individual cities, states, tribes, utilities, and other stakeholders have in managing wet weather challenges to efficient publicly owned treatment works operations, EPA is undertaking a robust outreach effort to gather critical input prior to proposing any changes to its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations.

The public listening sessions will be held:

  • October 16, 2018, 9am local time; EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • October 24, 2018, 9am local time; EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kan.
  • October 30, 2018, 11am EDT; online listening session

Register for a listening session

The public also can submit written input to inform this action until October 31, 2018 
Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0420.