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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF67 Publication ID: Spring 2017 
Title: Public Notice Requirements for Combined Sewer Overflow Discharges to the Great Lakes 
Abstract:

Section 425 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (section 425) requires EPA to work with the Great Lakes states (Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York) to create public notice requirements for combined sewer overflow (CSO) discharges to the Great Lakes. This rule would implement that requirement for CSO permittees. Section 425 requires (1) initial notification of CSO events, (2) follow-up notice, and (3) annual publication of a list of entities providing follow-up notice. At a minimum, the contents of the initial notice are to include the dates and times of the applicable discharge; the volume of the discharge; and a description of any public access areas impacted by the discharge. Follow-up notice requirements must include a description of each applicable discharge; the cause of the discharge; and plans to prevent a reoccurrence of a CSO discharge to the Great Lakes Basin. The minimum content requirements are to be consistent for all affected states. Section 425 provides that the notice and publication requirements are to be implemented by not later than December 18, 2017. However, EPA may extend the implementation deadline for individual communities if the community needs additional time to comply in order to avoid undo economic hardship. EPA worked with Great Lakes states' state environmental agencies to identify and evaluate options for implementing section 425. EPA also met with various stakeholder groups that represent municipalities, industry practitioners, and environmental organizations to hear their perspectives on implementing section 425 at a public listening session on September 14, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. On January 13, 2017, EPA published a proposed rule that would establish public notification requirements for CSOs to the Great Lakes Basin. The public comment period on the proposed rule closed March 14.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 122   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1314    33 U.S.C. 1361(a)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    12/18/2017 

Overall Description of Deadline: Section 425 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act requires EPA to work with the Great Lakes states to create public notice requirements for combined sewer overflow discharges to the Great Lakes.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/13/2017  82 FR 4233   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/14/2017 
Final Rule  12/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/combined-sewer-overflows-great-lakes-basin  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Biddle
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4303T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-0350
Fax:202 566-1053
Email: biddle.lisa@epa.gov

Kevin Weiss
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
4203M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-0742
Fax:202 564-0717
Email: weiss.kevin@epa.gov