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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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08/28/2015

EPA’s ‘Waters of the US’ Rule Blocked in 13 States

One day before EPA’s new “Waters of the US Rule” was set to take effect, a Federal judge has issued an injunction to block implementation of the new law in 13 US states...

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06/29/2015

US EPA Finalizes New “Waters of the US” Rule

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers published a Final Rule, making the new definition of “Waters of the United States” official.  In short, the new rule is designed to help industry professionals and EHS managers more accurately predict which bodies of water are covered under Clean Water Act programs as “waters of the US.” For full coverage of what’s new in the EPA water rule, read more here: EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States.

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06/08/2015

EPA Redefines “Waters of the United States”

On May 27, US EPA in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a Final Rule to restructure the definition of “Waters of the United States.” The definition, which sets the standard for which bodies of water EPA is authorized to regulate under its Clean Water Act, has been a point of confusion and contention for environmental regulators and industry groups for decades...

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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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