ASDWA Testifies on EPA Public Hearing on Proposed Steam Power Plant ELG Compliance Postponement

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On Monday, EPA conducted a public hearing on its proposal to postpone certain compliance dates for the 2015 Steam Power Plant Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) Final Rule.  EPA proposed this potential postponement in the June 6, 2017 Federal Register. 

This was a relatively crowded public hearing with about 50-60 parties testifying.  All parties, except for two representing electric power utilities, recommended that EPA maintain the compliance deadlines in the 2015 Final Rule.  Alan Roberson, ASDWA’s Executive Director, reiterated the perspective of protecting source water through minimization of waste streams from steam electric power plants.  For example, bromide discharges from steam electric power plants have created compliance problems for downstream water systems with the Disinfection By-Product (DBP) rules.  This position is in keeping with ASDWA’s formal comments on the original proposed guidelines which are attached to this Weekly Update.

ASDWA will keep its members informed about the resolution of this potential postponement.

ASDWA Comments on Steam Electric ELGs (9-20-13)