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Tracking Municipal NEI Green Infrastructure (GI) Settlement Information

Tracking Municipal NEI Green Infrastructure Settlement Information

The National Municipal Infrastructure Compliance and Enforcement Initiative Strategy states that “EPA will evaluate in every case, and where appropriate to ensure green infrastructure (GI) remedies are implemented to reduce discharges of raw sewage and reduce pollutants in storm water runoff.”  The current strategy requires tracking of:

 

v enforcement cases requiring GI remedies and the estimated value of those remedies, and

v cases with provisions (also referred to as “enabling language”) for the exploration and inclusion of GI remedies, which are not legally required in the case settlement.

 

Green Infrastructure Data Entry Instructions

In FY 2012, regions manually reported CSO, SSO, and MS4 GI information in the comment field of the appropriate Quickr spreadsheet.  For FY 2013 reporting and beyond, GI data will be tracked in ICIS using the existing ICIS Complying Action/Injunctive Relief data entry screen.   All CSO, SSO, and MS4 NEI concluded cases that include GI remedies or “enabling” language must be entered into ICIS.  New ICIS complying action types are available specifically for tracking green infrastructure:

 

v Green Infrastructure Requirement Estimate (value unknown),

v Green Infrastructure Requirement Estimate (value known), and

v Green Infrastructure Enabling Language 

 

Please note that since the Reporting Plan was issued in April, the previous ICIS complying action name, “Green Infrastructure Cost Estimate,” was replaced with the two Green Infrastructure Requirement choices listed above.  The “Green Infrastructure Requirement (value unknown)” selection allows regions to record consent decrees that require GI as injunctive relief but the GI value is not known at the time of settlement. 

 

v Green Infrastructure Requirement (value unknown)

The dollar value to enter with a “Green Infrastructure Requirement Estimate (value unknown)” complying action will always be $0.  This will allow regions to input the GI component of settlements without entering a false placeholder value.

 

Subsequently, when the region is able to estimate the GI value, it may be entered into ICIS using the “Green Infrastructure Requirement Estimate (value known)” complying action option.  If this information is entered under a new final order (i.e., “Final Enforcement Order Activity Producing Results” order type in ICIS), the GI value will be counted as part of the Region’s injunctive relief value total for the FY that the new final order is created.  The ICIS data entry requirements for Green Infrastructure Requirement (value unknown) are:

 

o Statute:  <select> CWA-Clean Water Act

o Law Section:  <select> CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO)  or CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) or CWA 301/402: NPDESPermit Violations: NPDES-Stormwater-MS4

o Complying Action Category Type:  <select> Reduction of Ongoing Releases

o Complying Action Type:  <select> Green Infrastructure Requirement (value unknown)  

o Units:  <select> Dollars

o Amount:  <enter> “0”

o Pollutant Name:  < “Contaminated water”

o Media:  Water (navigable/surface)

 

v Green Infrastructure Requirement (value known)

Enter the estimated dollar value of the GI component of the settlement.  The ICIS data entry requirements for Green Infrastructure Requirement (value known) are:

 

o Statute:  <select> CWA-Clean Water Act

o Law Section:  <select> CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO)  or CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) or CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Stormwater-MS4

o Complying Action Category Type:  <select> Reduction of Ongoing Releases

o Complying Action Type:  <select> Green Infrastructure Requirement (value known)  

o Units:  <select> Dollars

o Amount:  <enter> Estimated cost of required GI component

o Pollutant Name:  < “Contaminated water”

o Media:  Water (navigable/surface)

 

v Green Infrastructure Enabling Language

For each NEI case conclusion that includes Green Infrastructure “enabling language” (but no required green infrastructure remedy), enter the following Complying Action Type:  Green Infrastructure Enabling Language.  The dollar value to enter will always be $0.  The ICIS data entry requirements for Green Infrastructure Enabling Language are:

     

o Statute:  <select> CWA-Clean Water Act

o Law Section:  <select> CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO)  or CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) or CWA 301/402: NPDES Permit Violations: NPDES-Stormwater-MS4

o Complying Action Category Type:   <select> Reduction of Ongoing Releases

o Complying Action Type:  <select> Green Infrastructure Enabling Language

o Units:  <select> Dollars

o Amount:  <enter> “0”

o Pollutant Name:  < “Contaminated water”

o Media:  Water (navigable/surface)

 

ICIS Muni Green Infrastructure Report

A new ICIS report to capture GI data entitled, “Muni Green Infrastructure Tracking Report,” has been posted in the “Federal Enforcement and Compliance Reports/National Standard Reports” folder.  Further information regarding the report may be found on Page 14 of this memorandum. 

 

Using the Green Infrastructure Data

EPA will annually report both the number and percentage of federal enforcement actions concluded in the FY where GI has been required as part of the remedy, and where settlements/actions have included GI enabling language.  At this time, the GI data is not associated with a national measure.  Regions may choose to enter their FY 2012 GI data in ICIS so that GI information previously manually reported is available electronically for future reporting and analysis. 

 

Information Displayed in ECHO

ECHO will display all of the GI “complying actions” and associated dollar values.  The paragraph below will be added to ECHO’s “About the Data” language to further explain the value of $0. 

 

“When Green Infrastructure (GI) is required as injunctive relief in a consent decree, but the value of the GI component of the injunctive relief is not known at the time of settlement, the value is entered as zero and the description is - Green Infrastructure Requirement (value unknown).  The value of required GI is not known at the time of settlement when a study is a required prerequisite for determining if GI is the appropriate solution to reduce stormwater runoff.”

 

Green Infrastructure Headquarter Contacts

If you have questions regarding the GI reporting instructions above, please contact Donna Inman, at 202-564-2511, inman.donna@epa.gov.  For questions regarding the National Municipal Infrastructure Compliance and Enforcement Strategy, you may contact Amy Porter, at 202-564-2431, porter.amy@epa.gov; or Seth Heminway, at 202-564-7017, heminway.seth@epa.gov..

 

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