"Coronavirus Causes Delay in EPA’s Rule for Managing Wastewater"

"The EPA has been too busy responding to the deadly coronavirus to work on its long-awaited proposal to manage huge volumes of pathogen-infested sewage and stormwater during heavy rains, the agency’s top wastewater official said Wednesday.

“We think we have a potential path forward,” said Andrew Sawyers, director of the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Wastewater Management, said in a webinar on water priorities for the year.

But “with Covid-19, there are a lot of things under consideration,” he said, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus. ...

The proposal would clarify when and how treatment plants can skip treating some of their sewage and stormwater when they’re overwhelmed by heavy rains."

Amena H. Saiyid reports for Bloomberg Environment April 29, 2020.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 04/30/2020