U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New England Regional Office
September 30, 2014
Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017
Re: Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Will Help Clean Water Protection
BOSTON – EPA is releasing for public comment draft general permit for small “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems” (MS4) located in Mass. The new permits, when finalized, will update efforts in up to 260 municipalities, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands across Massachusetts.
EPA previously released draft general permits for small MS4s in North Coastal Watersheds in 2010 and in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal Watersheds in 2011. In response to many of the public comments submitted previously, and the availability of new technical and census information, EPA has revised the two general permits into one document and is now releasing the revised draft general permits for public input. EPA has also made changes to the newly proposed draft permit in response to public comments seeking more clarity, guidance and flexibility in meeting permit requirements.
The draft general permit, a detailed fact sheet, and information on public meetings and public hearing can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html
To read EPA’s full press release, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/e34e1b71021cf54885257d63005ba5b4!opendocument