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EPA/OW RIN: 2040-AF77 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category--Reconsideration 
Abstract:

The EPA received petitions from the Utility Water Act Group and the U.S. Small Business Administration requesting reconsideration and an administrative stay of provisions of the EPA's 2015 final rule titled 'Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category,’ (80 FR 67838; November 3, 2015). After considering the petitions, the Administrator decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to conduct a rulemaking to address some of the issues raised by petitioners. On November 22, 2019, EPA proposed revisions to the 2015 final rule's effluent limits for flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater and for bottom ash (BA) transport water applicable to existing steam electric power generators (84 FR 64620). EPA’s proposal would achieve pollution reductions estimated at 105 million pounds of lead, arsenic, mercury, and other pollutants prevented from entering our nation’s waters annually. These reductions are greater than the 2015 rule would have achieved. The proposed modifications to the 2015 rule will also reduce compliance costs, saving approximately $175 million pre-tax annually. These cost savings are primarily attributable to lower technology costs associated with the pollutant control systems available today to effectively treat and manage the wastewater, flexibility in the management of those systems, additional subcategorization of affected power plants, and establishing new compliance timeframes.

 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 423   
Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1361    33 U.S.C. 1342    33 U.S.C. 1318    33 U.S.C. 1317    33 U.S.C. 1316    33 U.S.C. 1311    33 U.S.C. 1314   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/22/2019  84 FR 64620   
Final Rule  09/00/2020 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0819
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL: https://www.epa.gov/eg/steam-electric-power-generating-effluent-guidelines  
Sectors Affected: 221112 Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 2040-AF14, Related to 2040-AF76 
Agency Contact:
Richard Benware
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
Mail Code 4303T,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1369
Email: benware.richard@epa.gov

Michael Scozzafava
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-2858
Email: scozzafava.michaele@epa.gov