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05/12/2015

Public Water System Annual Report Cards Due July 1

Under the US EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act, Public Water Systems must provide customers with water fit for human consumption. This means, in part, ensuring that any contaminants in the water are present only at levels below the Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) assigned in the Primary Drinking Water Standards [40 CFR 141–142]. Certain Public Water Systems are required to report annually to their customers on the quality of the water being provided...

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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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11/11/2014

Protecting Underground Drinking Water

About 44 percent of the US population rely on groundwater for their drinking water supply, according to the National Groundwater Association. To protect human health, the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish acceptable quality standards for public drinking water supplies and programs...

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10/14/2014

EPA Guidance on Oil Spills and SPCC Inspections

To ensure its Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) guidelines are enforced consistently nationwide, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised its SPCC guidance document for regional inspectors in August 2013. While the guidance document, titled...

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05/28/2014

New Clean Water Act Rulemaking Affects NPDES Permit Program

On May 19, 2014, EPA signed a final rule establishing requirements for cooling water intake structures (CWIS) at certain existing facilities. The new rule also amends some requirements for facilities already subject to regulation for their cooling water intake structures. EPA has made available a pre-publication version of the rule until the rule is published in the Federal Register...

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04/03/2014

New “Waters of the United States” Definition

UPDATE (04/21/14): The EPA’s proposed “Waters of the United States” rule appeared in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014. View the proposed rule here.

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03/11/2014

Stormwater Permitting “No Exposure” Exclusion

Since the 1970s, the US Environmental Protection Agency has regulated point sources of contamination to surface water through the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Since 1994, the NPDES permitting program has also included a robust set of requirements for controlling and reporting discharges of stormwater from city water systems, construction sites, and industrial facilities. Complying with the stormwater discharge program can be difficult and expensive. Qualifying for the...

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10/29/2013

Scary Stories of Noncompliance

As Halloween approaches, you are probably hearing a lot of scary stories. You may enjoy these tales of terror, but if you are not careful with how you manage your facilities, you may find yourself in a scary story of your own...

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08/13/2013

What is EPA Planning for 2014?

As we pass the mid-point of 2013, industry starts looking ahead to the coming calendar year, and so does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Listed below are some of the major initiatives EPA is planning for 2014, pulled from various sources, including the Spring Regulatory Agenda, EPA’s website, and the Agency’s 2014 budget proposal...

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04/09/2013

Take Advantage of NPDES Permitting Reliefs

Industrial facilities at which “stormwater associated with industrial activity” is discharged are generally required by the U.S. EPA to obtain an NPDES permit, follow strict regulations, and keep exacting records.
 
To avoid the permit requirement, EHS professionals can take advantage of an available relief known as...

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