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EPA Releases Stormwater, Wastewater Framework

Posted Date: 
July 2, 2012
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director, NACo

In June, the Environmental Protection Agency released its Integrated Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework Plan to help local governments meet water quality goals. Although the plan will not preempt current requirements under existing regulatory or permitting standards, it will allow local governments to prioritize and merge competing requirements for stormwater and wastewater projects. This includes capital investments maintenance and operation requirements.

The framework gives guidelines to states, local governments, utilities and the EPA regional offices on how to set up voluntary integrated management plans. “EPA’s framework outlines new flexibility to pursue innovative, cost-saving solutions, like green infrastructure, and will help communities as they develop plans that prioritize their investments in storm and wastewater infrastructure,” EPA stated in a press release.

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