National sewage blending policy not finalized
Washington, DC— Based on review of all public
comments and congressional hearings, EPA will not finalize the
sewage blending policy as proposed in November 2003.
“Blending is not a long-term solution,’’
said Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for the Office
of Water. “Our goal is to reduce overflows and increase
treatment of wastewater to protect human health and the environment.”
To provide clarity in the ways peak wastewater
flows are handled, the agency proposed a policy in November 2003
that addressed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) requirements for municipal wastewater treatment during
wet weather conditions. After receiving more than 98,000 public
comments, the agency is now in the process of determining other
options to address pollutant discharges during wet weather conditions.
EPA will continue to review policy and regulatory
alternatives to develop the most feasible approaches to treat
wastewater and protect communities, upstream and downstream. EPA
will work with Congress, communities, and citizens on effective
and efficient approaches that protect communities and ensure compliance
with the Clean Water Act.