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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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08/14/2012

EPA Jurisdiction—Sackett v. EPA

Recently, the case of Sackett v. EPA has been brought to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) jurisdiction over wetlands under the Clean Water Act, which could potentially affect future EPA authority.
 
In 2007, Michael and Chantell Sackett began development on...

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04/10/2012

New Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

On February 16, 2012, U.S. EPA issued a new Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges, replacing the 2008 Construction General Permit that expired on February 15, 2012. Clean Water Act permits typically must be renewed every...

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03/13/2012

Safe Drinking Water Act: Two Kinds of Water Quality Standards

Q. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency establishes quality standards for public water supply systems. The EPA sets two kinds of standards: “Primary” and “Secondary.” What’s the difference...

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01/31/2012

Fall 2011 Regulatory Agendas: Environmental Protection

Twice each year, the departments and independent agencies of the Federal government publish public agendas of their rulemaking activities. These semiannual agendas both review recent new rules and announce upcoming rule activities. While each agency and department creates its own agenda...

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12/13/2011

Environmental Regulations Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, we take a moment to look back and reflect on what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has done, and not done, over the past twelve months...

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11/29/2011

Preparing for 2012 Reporting Obligations

Personally, the last month of the year usually means entry into the year–end holiday season. For EHS managers, this should also mean preparing your 2012 compliance calendars. These calendars will likely include various reporting obligations. While many of your reporting obligations and frequencies are site–specific (e.g., NPDES discharge monitoring reports and Clean Air Act Title V certifications), some events...

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