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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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11/08/2011

Feature Article: Trick or Treat? EPA Issues NPDES General Permit for Pesticide Application

On October 31, 2011, the EPA finalized a general permit under the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) for pesticide applications [76 FR 68750, November 7, 2011]. This action is the final step in fulfilling the Agency’s obligations in response to...

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09/15/2011

Question of the Week: Comparing CWA Control Technologies: BPT, BCT, BAT, BADCT

Q. If I am subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act, which of the many control technology acronyms am I subject to?
 
A. Short Answer: Check your permit, do what it says.
 
Long Answer: The type of water treatment controls you need depend on...

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07/11/2011

The Spring 2011 Regulatory Agenda: EPA

On July 7, 2011, Federal regulatory agencies published their semiannual regulatory agendas and regulatory plans as required under the Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 602]. The agenda is where agencies summarize all current or projected rulemakings and review existing regulations and completed actions. While the detailed agendas are no longer published in the Federal Register....

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06/14/2011

California: Draft MSP Program

The California State Water Board has released the first draft of a proposed permit for small municipal storm water dischargers, including...

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05/02/2011

Post-Rapanos Guidance from EPA and Army Corp of Engineers

In today’s Federal Register (76 FR 24479) the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corp of Engineers announced new guidance on the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act...

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