APWA Issues Support for Water Permitting Legislation

APWA has issued a letter of endorsement for H.R. 1764, a bill relating to Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting. Introduced by Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), the bipartisan bill is designed to modernize the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program by allowing for permits to be extended from the current five-year term to 10-years. This legislation is a common sense, rational means to provide flexibility to public agencies that have demonstrated long-term compliance with the NPDES program.
Communities across the country are facing new and complex challenges when it comes to wastewater needs. For agencies that have a proven track record of compliance, a 10-year term for a NPDES permit would be much more efficient than the current 5-year term, due to the inordinate amount of time, effort, and expense involved in reviewing permits every five years. These costs are all resources that are used on the permitting process rather than actual permit implementation.
APWA and its over 30,000 members are supportive of the passage of the bill, either as standalone legislation or as incorporated into a larger infrastructure package.