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  • EPA Issues Final 2016 NPDES Pesticide General Permit

    On November 1, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit for Point Source Discharges from the Application of Pesticides in the Federal Register, which regulates discharges to waters of the United States ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • EPA withdraws water permit fee incentive rule

    EPA is withdrawing a rule intended to provide financial incentives for states to use fees when administering a clean water permit program. The agency issued the rule in September 2008. EPA will continue to encourage states to establish and expand their permit fees for their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) programs. Any funds that would have been used for incentive ...

  • EPA brings out water transfer rule

    The US EPA has announced a rule to clarify that permits are not required for transfers of water from one body of water to another. Such transfers include routing water through tunnels, channels, or natural streams for public water supplies, irrigation, power generation, flood control, or environmental restoration. Assistant administrator for water Benjamin H Grumbles noted: ‘EPA’s Water Transfer ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EPA seeks small business input on proposed stormwater rule (HQ)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses and municipalities to nominate representatives to provide input on a proposed stormwater rule. The rule would strengthen the national stormwater program under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and focus on stormwater discharges from developed sites, such as subdivisions, roadways, industrial facilities, and commercial buildings ...

  • EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) ...

  • EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. The proposed e-reporting rule would make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring ...

  • EPA to hold listening sessions on potential Chesapeake Bay stormwater rule (DC)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold five listening sessions and one webcast to seek feedback from citizens on provisions in a proposed stormwater rule that will affect the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In December 2009, EPA initiated a national rulemaking to better protect waterbodies from the harmful effects of stormwater discharges from new development and redevelopment. EPA is ...

  • Idaho sugar company failed to prevent industrial stormwater discharges, violated federal clean water rules

    The Amalgamated Sugar Company, of Paul, Idaho, violated the Clean Water Act when it discharged stormwater without authorization under a federal industrial stormwater permit – the Multi Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity – according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “To help protect Idaho’s water quality, ...

  • Cost-effective compliance strategies for final phase II rule, Clean Water Act

    Section 316(b) of the Clean Water Act intends to minimize the harm to aquatic life at cooling water intake structures (CWIS). Part of a multi-year process to develop implementation rules, EPA’s Phase II rule applies to CWIS with a capacity of 50 million gallons per day or more. The Phase II rule was promulgated in 2004 and required studies and reports evaluating the state of compliance at each of ...


    By AECOM

  • EPA reaffirms clean water permits not needed for water transfers

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a rule to clarify that permits are not required for transfers of water from one body of water to another. Such transfers include routing water through tunnels, channels, or natural stream courses for public water supplies, irrigation, power generation, flood control, and environmental restoration. 'EPA's Water Transfer Rule gives communities ...

  • PA Helps Missouri Comply with Water Quality Standards

    EPA Region 7 has approved Missouri's change to state water quality standards rules to provide greater flexibility in Missouri's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted rule changes to EPA on Dec. 11, 2012, for review and approval. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to review the state's rule changes to ...

  • Incentives Proposed for Clean Water Permit Fees

    (Washington, D.C.) A proposed EPA rule would provide a financial incentive to states to use fees when running a clean water permit program. EPA's rule would allot up to three percent of state water pollution control grant funds to states that have adequate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit fee programs. 'We encourage states to use permit fees for additional funding ...

  • Washington state issues aquatic weed control pesticide permit

    Although the key definition of whether a pesticide applied to surface waters is, or is not, a pollutant is still to be decided in court. The Washington State Department of Ecology Wednesday reissued a general permit for the application of pesticides to control aquatic weeds in irrigation water conveyance systems. The permit covers 16 irrigation districts that use pesticides to control aquatic ...

  • EPA Sued for Allowing Pesticide Spraying Over Water

    SAN FRANCISCO, California - Six environmental groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a decision that the spraying of pesticides into the nation's waters should no longer be regulated by the Clean Water Act. The groups filed suit December 12 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn the new rule, which re-defines the word 'pollutant' ...

  • Compliance with environmental laws helps protect air, land, and water in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed over 20 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in April through June 2013. Violations of environmental laws can put public health and the environment at risk. EPA enforces federal environmental laws to protect people’s health and to keep our region’s air, land, and water ...

  • Tell EPA About Your Green Infrastructure Project

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a poster contest to highlight green infrastructure and low-impact development projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. Did your business build a parking garage with a green roof? Do your city government buildings harvest rainwater? EPA wants to hear about projects like these in preparation for the EPA Region 6 ...

  • Agreement reached to improve Iowa’s concentrated animal feeding operations permit and compliance program

    EPA has reached an agreement with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to make changes to Iowa’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit and compliance program for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The agreement includes specific actions IDNR intends to take to remedy the program and a timeline for implementation of those actions to ensure clean, healthy water. “Working ...

  • Washington State Continues Permits for Aquatic Pesticides

    OLYMPIA, Washington (ENS) - The Washington state Department of Ecology will continue using permits to control the use of aquatic pesticides in and around state waters. Use of the permits came into question when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, ruled in November 2006 that a pesticide applied according to the federal label is not a pollutant under the federal Clean ...

  • EPA settles with four Alaska seafood processors for Clean Water Act violations

    Four seafood processing vessels operating in federal waters off the coast of Alaska failed to comply with federal Clean Water Act permits regulating their seafood waste discharges, according to settlement agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Aleutian Spray Fisheries, Inc., United States Seafoods, LLC and Ocean Peace Inc. agreed to settle the violations with the EPA in ...

  • Court Ordered Discharge Permits Could Affect Millions of Vessels

    WASHINGTON, DC. -  A federal court decision last September that the Clean Water Act applies to most vessels operating in U.S. waters has the potential to change the rules on discharges from millions of recreational boats, fishing vessels, freight and tank barges. Discharges may include ballast water, bilge water, deck runoff and gray water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, is ...

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