Tuesday, July 06, 2010

NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule

Public Meeting with interested stakeholders on the development of the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Electronic Reporting Rule

Development of a Proposed Rule:

What is this Rulemaking About? This rulemaking is about changing the way facilities discharging pollutants into the waters of the U.S. and report certain information to EPA and the states under the National Pollution DischargeElimination System (NPDES).

Since the 1970's, those facilities, also referred to as NPDES permittees, have been submitting a variety of reports to EPA and the states, including reports about the pollutants they discharge into the waters. Many of those reports are still being submitted in paper form which takes time and money for EPA, states, the regulated facilities to prepare and process. EPA wants to require NPDES permittees to submit their discharge monitoring reports, and possibly others, electronically to reduce this reporting burden for everyone. Not only should this efficiency provide a significant benefit for reducing costs of processing paper forms, it will also improve the quality and accuracy of the data, and increased accessibility and transparencyof the data to the public.

What does EPA want from stakeholders? Through this meeting EPA hopes to receive feedback from stakeholders on a variety of related areas such as the feasibility of electronic reporting requirements, which existing reporting requirements for NPDES subprograms (e.g., pretreatment, or biosolids) could be adapted into electronic reporting, costs and benefits to the states, permittees, EPA and the public, and the timing of the rule implementation schedule.

All Stakeholders Are Invited. This meeting is open to all stakeholders - including the public -that are interested in the development of the proposed NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule. The meeting will be held both inperson and via webinar. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. The meeting location is Room 1117A EPA East, 1201 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460. If you are interested in attending this meeting in person, please contact Mr. Anuj Vaidya 202-564-3549 or Ms. Sharon Gonder 202-564-5256 to register for this meeting no later than Wednesday, July 7, 2010. Join us by Webinar on July 13. Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now

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