Management, Economics and Policy

Onsite Wastewater Issue Papers: Delivered to US EPA by the State Regulators and Captains of Industry April 20, 2001, Washington DC

Publication Date: April 2001
Cooperating Institution: Chase Environmental Services
Principal Investigator: Paul Chase
Project Budget: $80,000
Project Identifier: WU-HT-01-16

The Third Annual National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC) Onsite Wastewater State Regulators Conference was held in Arlington, Virginia, from April 17 through April 21, 2001. The conference was co-sponsored by the National Small Flows Clearinghouse; the National Capacity Development Project; NSF, International; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); and a number of onsite wastewater product manufacturers.

The purpose of holding the conference near Washington D.C. was to facilitate a meeting between the State Regulators and USEPA officials to discuss issues related to recent federal decentralized wastewater initiatives.

During the planning phase of the conference, five topics were selected from which issue papers would be developed and presented to the USEPA officials. These issue papers were drafted by committees working via the NSFC State Regulators Listserv (email system).

At the conference itself, these draft papers were presented to the entire group for input and consensus. Afterward, the papers were finalized in break- out sessions comprised of an NSFC facilitator and the issue paper work group. Finally, PowerPoint presentations based on the issue papers were developed.

In addition to the state regulators conference, NSFC sponsored a concurrent conference for onsite wastewater product manufacturers called the “Captains of Industry Conference.” Prior to the meeting with USEPA officials, the industry representatives developed their own issue paper and accompanying PowerPoint presentation. This presentation, along with the five developed by the state regulators was presented to USEPA officials on the morning of April 20, 2001, at the Horizon Ballroom in the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington D.C.

The session was attended by the state regulators, the industry representatives, USEPA officials, NSFC staff, and representatives of invited environmental organizations. The session was facilitated by Peter Casey, Program Coordinator of the National Small Flows Clearinghouse. This document provides the text of the presentation given at the April 20 session.


Associated Documents
Onsite Wastewater Issue Papers
See also: Onsite Wastewater Regulator Outreach and Coordination Project