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USEPA National Nutrient Removal Study

capital The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is accepting comments through November 18, 2016 for its study of nutrient removal at municipal wastewater treatment plants or publicly owned treatment works.

The USEPA says nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems that impact water quality. Excessive nitrogen and phosphorus in the nation's waters can lead to issues such as eutrophication and harmfal algal blooms, which can impact drinking water, recreation, and wildlife. Nutrient pollution can be caused by stormwater or agriculture runoff, as well as wastewater discharges.

The USEPA is undertaking the multi-year, multi-phase national study to gather information about the contribution of nutrients to water bodies from publicly owned treatment plants, as well as the nutrient control practices available to the facilities. USEPA intends to establish a statistically representative, nationwide baseline for nutrient discharge and removal at these facilities, and characterize operation and management practices that result in improved nutrient reduction.

The USEPA will host twice daily webinars about the comment process on November 2 and 10, 2016. Click here to register for the webinar. Click here to submit a comment via the Federal Register regarding the National Study of Nutrient Removal and Secondary Technologies.






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