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File #: 21-0075    Version: 0 Name: Study and Report - Sewage Backup Expedited Reimbursement and Direct Assistance Program
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 5/3/2021 In control: Health, Environment, and Technology
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Study and Report - Sewage Backup Expedited Reimbursement and Direct Assistance Program For the purpose of requiring that the Baltimore City Department of Public Works submit a report to the Mayor and City Council studying the feasibility of implementing an expedited reimbursement and direct assistance program for any sewage backup, not limited to wet-weather, capacity-related causes; requiring certain agency assistance; and providing for a special effective date.
Sponsors: Kristerfer Burnett, Zeke Cohen, Ryan Dorsey, Odette Ramos, John T. Bullock
Indexes: Reports, sewage, Study
Attachments: 1. 21-0075~1st Reader, 2. BCIT 21-0075
Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.
[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
Introductory*

City of Baltimore
Council Bill

Introduced by: Councilmember Burnett

A Bill Entitled

An Ordinance concerning
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Study and Report - Sewage Backup Expedited Reimbursement and Direct Assistance Program
For the purpose of requiring that the Baltimore City Department of Public Works submit a report to the Mayor and City Council studying the feasibility of implementing an expedited reimbursement and direct assistance program for any sewage backup, not limited to wet-weather, capacity-related causes; requiring certain agency assistance; and providing for a special effective date.
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In 2002, Baltimore City entered into a Consent Decree with the Environmental Protection
Agency (“EPA”) and the Maryland Department of the Environment (“MDE”) to address
violations of the federal Clean Water Act from discharges of untreated sewage from Baltimore’s
collection system into the Back River, Patapsco River, the Chesapeake Bay, and other waters of
the United States.

Under the 2002 Consent Decree, Baltimore’s Department of Public Works (“DPW”) was
required to conduct a thorough investigation of its wastewater collection system and undertake
certain systematic and operational improvements to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows and otherwise achieve compliance with the Clean Water Act and analogous State law.

In 2017, the City entered into a Modified Consent Decree with the EPA and MDE that set forth new requirements and deadlines for th...

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