On July 7, a coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Industrial Stormwater Permit. This permit regulates stormwater in 30 industrial sectors in Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico — states that have not been delegated Clean Water Act permitting authority — as well as in Washington, […]
Nine case studies show how communities across the U.S. are developing tools to overcome stormwater challenges. These solutions will be presented at the 2015 Stormwater Congress.
The California State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) Industrial General Permit (IGP), adopted last April, will go into effect July 1. The new permit contains some noteworthy changes compared to the 1997 permit. These changes include a significant increase in permitted facilities. The old permit covered 11 industrial categories. And while the new permit has […]
On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its updated multi-sector general permit (MSGP), which regulates stormwater discharges from industrial facilities. The permit will apply to 29 industrial sectors, including landfills, wastewater treatment facilities, and heavy manufacturing. The permit applies to areas of the U.S. where EPA is the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]
November marks the 25th anniversary of EPA’s Phase I MS4 program. Geoff Brosseau discusses lessons learned from the past 25 years and shares his insights for the future.
On April 28, the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for the agency’s alleged “failure to enforce stormwater pollution regulations in the Charles River Watershed and several water bodies in Rhode Island.” Spanning 80 miles, the Charles River meanders through 23 communities before ending in […]
On May 14, Duke Energy Corp. pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanor counts related to unpermitted discharges and maintenance issues at five North Carolina coal ash storage facilities. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina also approved a $102 million plea agreement to resolve criminal charges against Duke Energy. It involves $68.2 […]
Duke Energy discovered a coal ash spill Feb. 2 after a 122-cm (48-in) stormwater pipe ruptured beneath a coal ash pond near Eden, North Carolina. The ash ponds are storage lagoons containing a mixture of water and ash, a waste product from coal-burning power plants. The coal ash contains hazardous heavy metals including arsenic, lead, […]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period 30 days on the proposed National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Industrial Activities, also known as the Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). Comments are now due on Dec. 26. EPA is also seeking public comment until Dec. 16 on whether […]
An integrated approach utilizing traditional and green infrastructure can provide optimum water solutions, according to a white paper released June 11 by The Dow Chemical Co., Shell, Swiss Re, and Unilever, working with The Nature Conservancy. The white paper is based on a series of case studies and calls for adding more green infrastructure solutions […]