On Nov. 14, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) filed comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Waters of the United States proposed rule. WEF supports EPA’s intent in protecting the nation’s waters while providing input on how the proposed rule may be clarified. WEF comments focus on key definitions important to utilities as well as recommendations for improving exemptions meaningful to municipalities. WEF worked with a number of its member associations and compiled an extensive set of targeted comments. Here are some of WEF’s comments as they relate to stormwater and watersheds.
The proposed rule does not change the existing regulatory language regarding the explicit exclusion of waste treatment systems designed to meet Clean Water Act requirements. However, WEF states that the exemption should specifically include municipal separate storm sewer system infrastructure and stormwater runoff controls, and there is widely held agreement in the sector on this point.