– Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), chairman of the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams), chairman of the House Local Government Committee, will hold a joint public hearing next week to explore the stormwater requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and the impact on local governments.
Complete hearing details are as follows:
Wednesday, June 19, at 9 a.m.
Room G-50 Irvis Office Building, State Capitol Complex, Harrisburg
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beginning at 8:55 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
Officials from many Pennsylvania communities have complained that the stormwater requirements administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Program (MS4) are costly and overly burdensome to the municipalities required to implement them and the taxpayers who ultimately bear the cost.
The following individuals are scheduled to testify concerning their experience with the MS4 compliance process and the impact it has had on municipalities:
• Andrew Boni, Perry Township (Fayette County) supervisor, representing the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.
• Mike Callahan, stormwater program manager, Derry Township Municipal Authority.
• Mayor Sherry Capello, City of Lebanon and Robin Getz, director of Public Works, City of Lebanon, representing the Pennsylvania Municipal League.
• Matt Quesenberry, Elk County commissioner, representing the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.
• Jeffrey Stonehill, borough manager/director of utilities, Borough of Chambersburg, representing the PA State Association of Boroughs.
The DEP has also been invited to testify but has not confirmed.
Currently, 953 small, urbanized areas across the Commonwealth are being forced to comply with MS4 requirements. To do so they must prohibit non-storm water discharges, have erosion and sediment controls, apply strict post-construction runoff controls from development and impose sanctions for non-compliance. These municipalities must also obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to comply.
Representative Daryl Metcalfe
Representative Dan Moul 12th District 91st District
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