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Proposed Rulemaking to 6 NYCRR Parts 750 and 621 Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act

In accordance with the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act ("SPRTK"), which took effect on May 1, 2013, the rule requires owners and operators of publicly owned treatment works ("POTWs") and publicly owned sewer systems ("POSSs") to report untreated and partially treated sewage discharges to DEC and health authorities immediately, but in no case later than two hours from discovery of the discharge. Partially treated sewage discharged directly from a POTW that is in compliance with a DEC approved plan or permit does not need to be reported. The rule also requires owners and operators of POTWs and POSSs to continue reporting for each day after the initial report is made until the discharge terminates. The rule defines a "POSS" as a municipally-owned system that discharges to a POTW owned by another municipality. A POSS is not required to obtain a SPDES permit. Under existing regulations that will continue unchanged by this rule, municipally-owned sewers that discharge to a POTW owned by the same municipality are considered part of the POTW and are covered by the SPDES permit for that POTW.


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