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Adopted 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.

Assessment of Public Comments

Comments on the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act draft regulations were received, compiled, reviewed, and categorized based on their content. Comments and responses to comments can be found in the SPRTK Assessment of Public Comments (PDF, 203 KB)

Why Isn't There a Job Impact Statement?

The rule will not have any substantial adverse impact on jobs or employment opportunities as apparent from the rule's nature and purpose. The rule reiterates and implements the requirements set forth in ECL section 17-0826-a (the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act) and establishes a registration program for publicly owned sewer systems. As evident from its subject matter, the rule will not have any adverse impact on jobs or employment opportunities as the new requirements will not hinder jobs or employment opportunities, but rather could necessitate the hiring of additional personnel or the extension of work hours for current employees to meet the requirements of the rule.


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