Majority Policy Committee to explore wastewater, stormwater issues

HARRISBURG – The Senate Majority Policy Committee will study potential avenues to comply with federal run-off pollution reduction mandates during a public hearing in Harrisburg on Wednesday.

Committee Chairman David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks) said the hearing would help lawmakers explore solutions to help Pennsylvania meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean water goals within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“The EPA’s pollution reduction goals are ambitious, and meeting these goals will also be expensive both for taxpayers and private sector employers,” Argall said. “We need to explore every potential avenue for savings as we work to reduce run-off pollution throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.”

The hearing will focus on Senate Bill 724, legislation introduced by Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) that would help the state comply with federal nutrient management requirements without the need for expensive stormwater and wastewater upgrades.

The hearing will be held in the North Office Building, Hearing Room 1, at 9:30 a.m. Testifiers will include representatives from the agriculture industry, environmental advocacy groups and the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and Finance Committee.

Video and written testimony will be available online following the hearing.