Tag Archives: NPDES

EPA Releases Financial Capability Assessment Framework

On Nov. 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the “Financial Capability Assessment Framework for Municipal Clean Water Act Requirements.” The framework is designed to help communities develop a more accurate and complete picture of their ability to pay for Clean Water Act obligations, emphasizing factors beyond the 2% threshold for median income. The new […]

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PennFuture Appeal Leads to Revised Pennsylvania Stormwater Permit

PennFuture, an environmental and public health advocacy group, and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) filed a Stipulation of Settlement on Nov. 20 outlining revisions to Pennsylvania’s municipal stormwater permitting system. As a result, DEP will propose a revised version of Pennsylvania’s general permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), known as […]

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U.S. EPA Announces First Consent Decree Built on Integrated Planning Framework

On Nov. 20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of Ohio announced a Clean Water Act settlement with the City of Lima, Ohio. The consent decree, which Lima and EPA have been negotiating for the past 10 years, will address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) released into the […]

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Two Years Pass, Integrated Planning Framework Produces No Approved Plans

On July 24, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hosted a hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. The framework, released in June 2012, seeks to help municipalities prioritize clean water projects. However, no plans have yet been approved, though there are many in the works. […]

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EPA Updates Federal Funding Catalogue and Releases MS4 Compendium

In June, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released “Post-Construction Performance Standards & Water Quality-Based Requirements: A Compendium of Permitting Approaches.” The document is a compendium of EPA and state municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits. The permits included cover post-construction performance standards and effluent limitations that implement approved total maximum daily loads for impaired […]

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EPA Responds to Groups’ Residual Designation Authority Petitions

In late March, American Rivers announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decisions on stormwater-related petitions filed in EPA Regions I, III and IX. Environmental groups, including the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Rivers, and the California Coastkeeper Alliance, filed the petitions relating to Residual Designation Authority (RDA). The petitions called […]

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Clean Water Affordability Act Would Codify Integrated Planning

The Clean Water Affordability Act of 2014 (H.R. 3862), introduced on Jan. 14 by Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.), would create a law around the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) integrated planning framework. Integrated planning allows communities to modify consent agreements and prioritize National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) projects and spending. […]

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Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Supporting Adaptive Management

On Dec. 12, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 190, providing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with more flexible and cost-effective options for protecting water quality on a watershed scale. The new law paves the way to expand adaptive management and water quality trading, as it allows for pollutant-specific Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination […]

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EPA Opens Public Comment for Permitting of New Sources of Industrial Stormwater

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 […]

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EPA Releases Tools for Managing Water Resources

In November, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool. The tool supports integrated water resources management by allowing users to screen options for cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits. With the tool, users can evaluate a number of management options, including projects related to stormwater. Users can conduct an analysis of […]

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