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Week of June 20, 2011

1) EPA Administrator Tours WaterSense Manufacturing Facility to Highlight Products that Conserve Water / Consumers also save money with WaterSense

2) EPA Seeks Small Business Participation on Wastewater Discharge Rule for Steam Electric Power Plants

3) EPA to Hold Public Meeting to Gain Stakeholder Input on Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Peak Weather Discharges


1) EPA Administrator Tours WaterSense Manufacturing Facility to Highlight Products that Conserve Water / Consumers also save money with WaterSense

On Friday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson toured the Moen Incorporated facility in North Olmsted, Ohio to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the WaterSense program. Moen is the 2010 WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year. During the visit, Administrator Jackson joined by Mike Bauer, President of U.S. Businesses, and Ed Fitzgerald, County Executive of Cuyahoga County spoke with laboratory employees and viewed the lab where Moen's WaterSense labeled products are designed and tested to ensure plumbing appliances save consumers water and money.

EPA and its WaterSense partners have helped Americans save 125 billion gallons of water and more than $2 billion in water and energy bills. By reducing water consumption, the program has reduced 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, protecting the health of Americans.

WaterSense brings together local water utilities, governments, product manufacturers, and retailers to promote water efficiency, and enhance the market through innovation and product design for water efficient products, programs, and practices. The program provides consumers with simple ways to save water and identify products that use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models.

Launched in 2006, WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water efficient products, new homes and services. More than 2,300 partners have produced and promoted 3,700 different models of WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, showerheads, flushing urinals, and new homes. Nearly 53 million products have earned the WaterSense label to date.

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2) EPA Seeks Small Business Participation on Wastewater Discharge Rule for Steam Electric Power Plants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. The Panel will focus on the agency's development of proposed rules to strengthen and revise wastewater discharge regulations for steam electric power generating plants. EPA is seeking advice and recommendations from small businesses about the potential impacts of the proposed rule on small entities. EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small entities that may be subject to the rule requirements. Other representatives, such as trade associations that exclusively or at least primarily represent potentially regulated small entities, may also serve as small entity representatives.

Self-nominations must be submitted to EPA by June 29, 2011. Submit online at: http://www.epa.gov/sbrefa/steamelectric.htm 

 

3) EPA to Hold Public Meeting to Gain Stakeholder Input on Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Peak Weather Discharges

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a workshop to solicit stakeholder input on strengthening the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program's approach to regulating sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and peak wet weather discharges at publicly owned treatment works (POTWs). The workshop will include a facilitated discussion with representatives of interested stakeholder groups, including those organizations that represent POTWs, state NPDES permitting authorities, and nonprofit environmental groups. Interested members of the public are invited to attend the workshop and offer verbal comments at designated times during the workshop or submit written comments to the Agency.

The workshop will be held on July 14, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and on July 15, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, located at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Participants must pre-register to attend the workshop by July 6, 2011. For additional information and to register for the workshop, please visit EPA's Sanitary Sewer Overflows and Peak Flows website at www.epa.gov/npdes/sso or contact Greg Schaner, Office of Water, Office of Wastewater Management by phone at: 202-564-0721 or via e-mail: schaner.greg@epa.gov.

 


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