Environmental Permits Articles

  • Search and Rescue Demo With Deep Trekker

    Search and Rescue operations are a large part of police divers jobs. While it is never nice to hear about a drown victim, the work that police divers do is extremely important to provide closure to the families involved. Each time a brave diver enters the water there is a number of risks involved, especially when the specific task at hand holds so much weight. One of the most ...


    By Deep Trekker Inc.

  • Modelling trade and climate change policy: a strategic framework for global environmental negotiators

    In the past, failure of trade–climate talks might have created negative signs, but international trade actually induces more participation and helps to attain joint agreement. Carbon permit trading has a key role to play in the abatement process. Participation in global multilateral negotiations and a country's self-interest with respect to entering an abatement process depends upon either the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case Study - Groundwater Discharge Permit - Plymouth, Massachusetts

    The process of obtaining a groundwater discharge permit for a subdivision scale septic absorption system was faciliated by using the advanced GIS features within EnviroInsite. Geologic features were downloaded and presented at the site scale along with the subdivision boundary and potential downgradient receptors. A cross-section was created showing the detailed soil descriptions, water levels ...


    By EI LLC

  • EPA Settles Cement Air Pollution Case

    EPA recently settled a major pollution case with a cement producer on pollution controls that will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides. Nitrogen oxides are pollutants that can lead to illnesses such as asthma and other respiratory conditions. Nitrogen oxides contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone as well as particle pollution. EPA Regional Administrator, Judith A. Enck ...


    By Analytics Corporation

  • A seasonal waste load allocation policy in an integrated discharge permit and reclaimed water market

    This paper intends to assess the seasonal demand for nitrogen discharge permits and its influence on waste load allocation (WLA) strategies. For this purpose, the Sefidrud catchment is analyzed, where the agricultural demands for discharge permits and reclaimed water (RW) are significant and also intermittent. The paper discusses using variable total maximum daily loads and a transferable ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Collaboration as process: a case study of Michigan's watershed permit

    Collaborative watershed management has been heavily promoted and widely implemented to address a variety of natural resource concerns, resulting in the adoption and adaptation of the approach to management by regulatory agencies. Although several characteristics or indicators of success for watershed partnerships have been identified in the literature, these often portray a direct cause and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Groundwater management in China

    After introducing groundwater development and other issues, the paper analyzes China's groundwater management system and its problems, and provides suggestions for improving the system. Increasing water demand since the 1970s has resulted in severe groundwater overdraft, water level decline and water quality degradation in China, but the current management system is not able to provide an ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • What you don`t know can hurt you

    What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: The ins and outs of site inspection in a new era As NPDES permits strive to improve storm water runoff, site inspections and monitoring put an increasing demand on businesses and municipalities to evaluate and report their program performance. One of the primary goals of the permits is to gather additional data through site monitoring. The permits now are ...

  • Surface water quality management using an integrated discharge permit and the reclaimed water market

    Water quality trading is a sustainable framework for surface water quality management. It uses discharge permits to reduce the total treatment costs. For example, the case of Gharesoo River in Iran shows that the nitrogen permit market between point and non-point sources is 37% more economical than the command and control framework. Nevertheless, the cost saving may be reduced to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Evaluating groundwater sustainability for fractured crystalline bedrock

    Water sustainability is an important concern for communities that rely on groundwater in fractured rock; yet the complexity of the fracture system and the unknown rate of recharge make quantifying groundwater availability difficult, if not impossible, using conventional water balance calculations. This study provides a new approach for estimating groundwater sustainability in fractured rock that ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The secret to Africa’s drylands is the wetlands? What prospects for future food security?

    When you think of the Sahel in Africa, what picture does it conjure up? Dry sandy areas with scattered trees and perhaps hungry-looking children looking after cattle and goats? Maybe fewer of you imagine big river systems, heaving with fish, and lined with flooded forests? The magic of this zone, which stretches across Africa and borders the Sahara, is that it is both very dry and very wet. And ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Disinfection capacity of seven constructed wetlands and ponds

    The disinfection performance of three subsurface flow constructed wetlands (SSF), a free-water surface-constructed wetland and three ponds were investigated. They functioned as advanced treatment stage following treatment in a large municipal wastewater treatment plant equipped with nutrient removal. Despite low influent concentrations of 103.9/100 mL, Escherichia coli underwent a ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Legislating for sustainable basin management: the story of Australia's Water Act (2007)

    Australia's Millennium drought, a 13-year dry period unprecedented in the instrumental record, inspired a change in the extant water management principles. The Water Act of 2007 was introduced and required the preparation of a Basin Plan to set environmentally sustainable levels of water extraction and to reduce the over-allocation of water entitlements that threatened water security. The ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Food security: Facts and figures

    Food security is deeply connected to other development challenges and poor health. Michael Hoevel traces the links. Food security addresses one of humankind’s most fundamental needs — access to a nutritious and adequate diet. It is also seen ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Managing RCRA statistical requirements to minimize ground water monitoring costs

    Abstract This paper will provide an overview of how ground water monitoring statistical choices can significantly impact a facility's ground water monitoring costs. For example, a recent study analyzed the long term ground-water monitoring cost impacts of different statistical analysis approaches on over 20 landfills. The study found that the choice of statistical approach can make over a ...


    By Sanitas Technologies

  • Is the water permit system a panacea or a bed of inefficiency? The case of South Africa

    Although South Africa has adopted a very modern permit/license system to control access to water as a resource, the attainment of the lofty objectives (efficiency, equity and sustainability) of the National Water Act of 1998 depends on two critical factors: (1) the institutional efficiency of the water management system; and (2) the development of water markets and their efficient functioning. ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Eagle Rock Energy Simplifies Environmental Permitting With EMIS, Earns Positive ROI within Only Two Years

    Houston-based Eagle Rock Energy Partners MLP (ERE), builds and operates oil and gas properties, natural gas gathering systems, and natural gas processing plants across the United States. As part of the company’s growth strategy, ERE has acquired many new sites nationwide– each with its own permit requirements and compliance liabilities. Past owners had invariably relied on paper ...


    By IHS

  • The Chemical Safety Improvement Act: An In-Depth Review and Analysis

    In a stunning bipartisan show of support for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that few saw coming, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (among bipartisan others) introduced on May 22, 2013, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), later designated S. 1009, available online. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • A critical moment to harness green infrastructure—not concrete—to secure clean water

    Natural ecosystems provide essential services for our communities. Forests and wetlands, for example, filter the water we drink, protect neighborhoods from floods and droughts, and shade aquatic habitat for fish populations. While ...

  • Update: For period 1 April 2013–30 June 2013

    Keywords: legislation, cases, consultations, reports, decisions LEGISLATION GOVERNMENT BILLS Mesothelioma Bill On 10 May 2013, the Mesothelioma Bill was published and received its first reading in the House of Lords. The Bill looks to remedy a lacuna in current provisions regarding individuals diagnosed ...


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