The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Nov. 27 regulatory agenda includes items related to the Clean Water Act, lead paint programs, post-construction stormwater and stormwater ELG, among other items.
Clean Water Act
New to the regulatory agenda is a proposed rule which would likely expand the EPA’s jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act. ABC, along with the Waters Advocacy Coalition, recently submitted comments
on a draft scientific report released by EPA on the connectivity of water, which is intended to guide the proposed rulemaking. The rule is listed on the agenda for December
and is currently under review at the Office of Management and Budget..
Lead Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program
EPA has moved a rulemaking that would expand its existing Lead Paint Renovation and Repair Painting rule to include public and commercial buildings to long term action
. ABC, as part of the Commercial Properties Coalition, recently aired their concerns with the proposal at a public hearing
EPA continues to list its post-construction stormwater rule under long-term action
. In a 2010 settlement agreement, EPA agreed to issue a proposed national stormwater rule
for developed and redeveloped sites by June 2013. The agency has yet to issue a proposed rule.
EPA continues to list February 2014 as the date to issue a final rule
on the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category. In April, EPA issued a proposed rule
in response to a settlement agreement which withdrew the numeric discharge limit from the existing 2009 Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines Rule. According to the settlement agreement, EPA will take final action by Feb. 28, 2014.