EPA Plans New Rules To Reduce Sewage Overflows

Law360, New York (May 27, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has begun a rulemaking round to strengthen the laws surrounding municipal sewage system overflows, which can introduce biological waste and toxins into waterways.

The EPA is considering two possible modifications to the existing regulations on publicly owned sewage systems, the agency said Thursday.

Sanitary sewage systems are designed to channel effluent from homes and buildings to treatment plants without contaminating waterways, but at least 40,000 sanitary sewage overflows happen each year, according to the EPA.

One proposed rule change would see...
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