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10/21/2022

The Clean Water Act Turns 50

The United States’ signature water pollution law turned 50 years old last week. The Clean Water Act (CWA) became law on October 18, 1972.  

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09/09/2022

NPDES Stormwater Permitting Basics

US EPA's stormwater regulations aim to control the amount of polluted stormwater discharged from streets, paved lots, rooftops, and other surfaces at industrial facilities (and other sites).

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09/08/2021

EPA Develops New PFAS Test Method 1633

US EPA and DoD announced draft Test Method 1633 to test PFAS levels in water, soil, biosolids, sediment, fish tissue, and more.

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09/03/2021

Federal Judge Vacates Major Clean Water Act Regulation

A Federal judge has vacated and remanded US EPA's 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule, a regulation that narrowed the Agency's enforcement jurisdiction following legal challenges to a 2015 Clean Water Act rulemaking.

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05/06/2019

Do I Need a NPDES Permit for Groundwater Discharge?

Recently, US EPA clarified its stance on whether the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program covers point-source discharges to groundwater. 

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01/25/2018

Supremes Relegate WOTUS Argument to District Courts

This week, the US Supreme Court decided unanimously not to take up a challenge to EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, Final Rule. The Court held that challenges to the Final Rule—which expanded the Agency’s authority to enforce the Clean Water Act by more broadly interpreting the term “navigable waters”—must be brought in district courts and not circuit appeals courts, where this case originated.    

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03/13/2017

Know Your EPA Water Rules: Sole Source Aquifers

The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986 (SDWA) required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish criteria through which an aquifer may be declared a critical aquifer protection area. These aquifers are colloquially referred to as “sole source aquifers.” These are, essentially, aquifers that are the only drinking water supply for the population of a region.

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10/11/2016

How Do EPA Water Quality Standards Affect Your Business?

To protect public drinking water supplies, recreation, and fish and wildlife, the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish water quality standards (WQS) for waters of the United States where appropriate and attainable.  

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04/08/2016

Manufacturer to Pay $38K for Spilled Styrene

A resins manufacturer in Westminster, MA will pay $38,860 to resolve allegations that it violated provisions of the Clean Water Act stemming from an incident in September 2014.

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02/04/2016

Stormwater Violations Cost Manufacturer $145,000

A Fairbury, NE manufacturing facility will pay $145,000 to resolve alleged violations of the US EPA’s Clean Water Act, according to a press release from EPA Region 7. The violations stem from stormwater discharge of cadmium, cooper, lead, nickel, and zinc in excess of permit limits.

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