“While I am disappointed more cost data is not available, GAO’s report does provide much needed information about the means communities are using to comply with the program as well as how compliance with one federal clean water act requirement can affect compliance with another.” Senator Inhofe said. “The report clearly shows the program could be imposing cost and implementation burdens on many of our nation’s cities and towns. Further, the GAO report also raises several concerns with EPA’s cost analysis for both the stormwater Phase I and Phase II rules.
“GAO has recommended EPA ensure that communities report consistent information regarding the scope, costs and results of their programs. Clearly more information is needed about all aspects of this national effort. However, EPA should ensure that any new reporting requirements do not add to the burden of our nation’s cities.”