EPA is proposing a range of options to address storm water discharges from construction sites. As one option, EPA is proposing technology-based effluent limitation guidelines and standards (ELGs) for storm water discharges from construction sites required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. As another option, EPA is proposing not to establish ELGs for storm water discharges from those sites, but to allow technology-based permit requirements to continue to be established based upon the best professional judgment of the permit authority A third option would establish inspection and certification requirements that would be incorporated into the storm water permits issued by EPA and States, with other permit requirements based on the best professional judgment of the permit authority. This proposal, if implemented, is expected to significantly reduce the amount of sediment discharged from construction sites. The deposition of sediment from construction site runoff has contributed to the loss of capacity in small streams, lakes, and reservoirs, leading to the necessity for mitigation efforts such as dredging or replacement. EPA also requests comment and information on several variations on these options and several other significant aspects of the proposal, such as technologies, costs, and economics.
EPA must receive comments on the proposal by October 22, 2002 (docket No. W-02-06). EPA will conduct public meetings for this proposed rule on July 9, 2002; July 23, 2002; July 30, 2002 and additional dates to be announced later. EPA will announce the remaining meetings in a subsequent Federal Register document and on its website here. No registration is required for these meetings. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 9 a.m.-noon, Hyatt Regency Hotel–San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA, Phone 650-347-1234.
- Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 9 a.m.-noon, Wyndham Garden Hotel–Dallas Park Central, 8051 LBJ Freeway (I-635), Dallas, TX, Phone 972-680-3000.
- Tuesday, July 30, 2002, 9 a.m.-noon, Holiday Inn Chicago–Elmhurst, 624 N. York Rd., Elmhurst, IL, Phone 630-279-1100.