- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The group was responding to criticisms that the EPA's policy constituted an environmental rollback, claiming that blending is a necessary tool that has been used and accepted for over 30 years as a part of their wet weather management strategies to ensure that excess flows from heavy rains and snowmelt receive the greatest treatment possible under extreme wet weather conditions. Blended effluent fully meets Clean Water Act permit requirements and protects public utility infrastructure from washout while preventing the release of untreated sewage into the environment.
The group noted that a final policy would recognize that already scarce public resources must be used to support meaningful, environmentally beneficial water protection efforts at the local level. They also believe that a final national blending policy affirming this critical practice is essential to communities across the country to provide treatment for unpredictable, exceptionally heavy precipitation and prevent the discharge of untreated sewage.