Tag Archives: Construction General Permit

EPA Requires BMPs in Lieu of Turbidity Limits at Construction Sites

On March 6, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule on effluent limitations for construction and development, which will go into effect May 5. The rule necessitates the use of best management practices (BMPs) to control stormwater and minimize erosion rather than setting numeric turbidity effluent limits. BMPs include common erosion control […]

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Maryland and Virginia Release New Stormwater Permits

In late December, the Maryland Department of the Environment released three new municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits for the state’s most populous areas: Baltimore, Baltimore County, and Prince George’s County. A permit for Anne Arundel County is expected soon. The stringent new stormwater permits are based on the District of Columbia’s permit and […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Proposed Rule on Construction Effluent Limitation Guidelines

On April 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed changes to its 2012 effluent limitation guidelines for the construction and development point source category. The proposed rule would withdraw numeric turbidity limits created in 2009 and instead rely on best management practices for controlling erosion and sedimentation during the construction phase. The proposed […]

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Builders and Utility Groups Settle Lawsuit With U.S. EPA on Numeric Turbidity Limit

In early January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) settled a long-standing lawsuit with the Association of Home Builders, Utility Water Act Group, and Wisconsin Builders Association by agreeing to withdraw the numeric turbidity limit for stormwater runoff from construction sites. According to the petitioners, a numeric limit would have cost stakeholders $10 billion per […]

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U.S. EPA Releases New Resources for 2012 Construction General Permit

During March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted two webcasts on the recently released 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP). Notes from the webcast are available, and a copy of the presentation will soon be archived on EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System training and workshop site. EPA has also developed a template to help […]

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EPA Releases Construction General Permit

On Feb. 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the 2012 construction general permit (CGP), which replaces the 2008 version. According to EPA, “the 2012 CGP updates include steps intended to limit erosion, minimize pollution sources, provide natural buffers or their equivalent around surface waters, and further restrict discharges to areas impaired by previous […]

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EPA To Release Construction General Permit Without Numeric Turbidity Limits

By mid-February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to release a final construction general permit (CGP) for 2012. It will not include numeric turbidity limits, and states not using EPA’s CGP will not be required to incorporate the limit and associated monitoring requirements into their permits. EPA stayed the numeric turbidity limit of […]

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EPA Revises Numeric Limits for Runoff From Construction Sites

On Nov. 16, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent the Office of Management and Budget revised construction and development effluent limitation guidelines (ELG). The agency withdrew numeric turbidity limits proposed in 2009. These new guidelines are based on new treatment performance data and will set the first numeric limits for stormwater runoff. The numeric […]

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EPA Withdraws Numeric Turbidity Limit for Construction Runoff

On Aug. 12, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew a proposed rule that would have enacted the first federal numeric turbidity limit for runoff from construction sites. In 2010, EPA dropped the limit of 280 nephlometric turbidity units (NTUs) from the construction and development industry’s effluent guidelines, published in the December 2009 Federal Register. […]

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WEF Comments on Proposed Construction General Permit

Last month, public comment ended on the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) construction general permit (CGP). The permit relates to stormwater discharges from construction sites and is designed to minimize soil erosion and the delivery of sediment to receiving waters. The most significant changes to the permit include a numeric effluent limit for turbidity […]

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