Summary

A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a deadline for restricting sewage dumping into the Great Lakes and to fund programs and activities... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 25, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 25, 2011

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a deadline for restricting sewage dumping into the Great Lakes and to fund programs and activities for improving wastewater discharges into the Great Lakes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Great Lakes Water Protection Act''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON SEWAGE DUMPING INTO THE GREAT LAKES.

Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1342) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(s) Prohibition on Sewage Dumping Into the Great Lakes.-- ``(1) Definitions.--In this subsection: ``(A) Bypass.--The term `bypass' means an intentional diversion of waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility which results in a discharge into the Great Lakes. ``(B) Great lakes.--The term `Great Lakes' has the meaning given the term in section 118(a)(3). ``(C) Treatment facility.--The term `treatment facility' includes all wastewater treatment units used by a publicly owned treatment works to meet secondary treatment standards or higher, as required to attain water quality standards, under any operating conditions. ``(D) Treatment works.--The term `treatment works' has the meaning given the term in section 212. ``(2) Prohibition.--A publicly owned treatment works is prohibited from intentionally diverting waste streams to bypass any portion of a treatment facility at the treatment works if the diversion results in a discharge into the Great Lakes unless-- ``(A)(i) the bypass is unavoidable...

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Bill Summary

A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to establish a deadline for restricting sewage dumping into the Great Lakes and to fund programs and activities for improving wastewater discharges into the Great Lakes.

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