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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 9, 2019 09:27 AM
From: Senator Mike Folmer
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution: Delay and Review of MS4 Permits
Shortly, I plan to reintroduce a resolution calling upon The Environmental Protection Agency to delay and review its municipal separate storm sewer systems program (“MS4”) for issuing stormwater permits. Las Session, this was SR 216 cosponsored by Senators Argall, Martin, Langerholc, Reschenthaler, Scarnati, White, Mensch, DiSanto, Vogel, Hutchinson and K. Ward.

Under EPA’s MS4 program, permits are issued to regulate stormwater discharges by municipalities. Unfortunately, these permits have sometimes negatively affected commercial, industrial and residential property owners who discharge stormwater in those municipalities. These problems have resulted in a number of court challenges – including questions on EPA’s statutory authority to implement the MS4 program.

For municipalities, MS4 permits have become a recurring headache as they struggle to plan and fund implementation of these permits. Given these costs and complexities, property owners have sometimes faced increased local fees and regulatory requirements imposed as municipalities seek to comply with MS4 requirements.

During the extensive debates over the cost and compliance burdens imposed on both municipalities and property owners, it has become apparent the MS4 program is not meeting its objectives and is needlessly costing billions of dollars without any justifiable results.

I hope you will join with me in calling upon Congress to delay and review EPA’s MS4 program. Thank you.

Introduced as SR145