Clean Water Policy Update 2006

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Courtesy of Water Environment Federation (WEF)

The Clean Water Policy Update 2006 technical session will be divided into two parts: an update from EPA Headquarters personnel and a panel discussion on a “hot” water policy issue. The first panel, “U.S. EPA Office of Water Update,” will include the Director of EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management, James Hanlon, the Director of EPA’s Office of Science and Technology, Ephraim King, and the Director of EPA’s Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Diane Regas. Each EPA director will update the audience on activities in their office, covering issues such as NPDES permitting for animal feeding operations and stormwater, wet weather flow management at publicly owned treatment works, news related to biosolids and land application, information on monitoring programs and progress on total maximum daily load plans, and more. There are many regulatory challenges on the horizon for WEF members. Watershed-based permitting, total maximum daily loads, treatment and permitting of wet weather flows, water quality trading, and other regulatory issues will continue to be at the forefront in 2006. The Regulatory Update Technical Session is the only opportunity many WEF members have to speak with high-ranking EPA officials.

The second half of the session will focus on what’s happening in the courts and state legislatures and how those activities relate to EPA. This part of the session will focus on important legislative developments at the state level as well as the latest clean water policy issues being dealt with by state and federal courts.

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