EPA looking to change Clean Water Act reporting to electronic only

31 July 2013 17:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to shift the Clean Water Act reporting method for municipalities and industries to an electronic system, the agency announced on Wednesday.

The move from paper to electronic reporting under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program could save $29m/year (€22m/year).

“In addition to dramatically cutting costs for states and other regulatory authorities, the e-reporting rule will substantially expand transparency by making it easier for everyone to quickly access critical data on pollution that may be affecting communities,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

The Clean Water Act requires facilities that discharge wastewater directly into US waters obtain a permit. The NPDES requires permitted facilities to monitor and report data on pollutant discharges and to work to prevent those discharges from harming people or the environment.

Most facilities will be required to start submitting data electronically one year following the effective date of the final rule.

The proposed rule will be available for review and comment for 90 days following the publication date in the Federal Register.

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By: Jeremy Pafford
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