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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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10/22/2015

EPA’s Electronic NPDES Reporting Final Rule

In the October 22, 2015, Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to require electronic reporting and sharing of data under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, or NPDES. The rule was finalized on September 24 of this year. The Final Rule is effective starting December 21, 2015...

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09/30/2015

New Effluent Limitations for Coal-fired Steam Electric Power Plants

On September 30, 2015, US EPA finalized a new Rule aimed at reducing the volume of toxic metals and other pollutants that enter US waterways. The rule, called the Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category, was initially proposed in June 2013.  

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03/10/2015

How NPDES Permit Rules Can Vary by State

When rainwater or melting snow flows over paved streets, parking lots, rooftops, and other surfaces at industrial and construction sites, the water can pick up debris, sediments, chemicals, and other pollutants before it runs down a storm drain. To prevent these pollutants from making surface waters unsafe... 

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