Tag Archives: NPDES

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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Air Force Petition Questions Retention Standard and Other Aspects of Stormwater Permit

The Air Force is challenging the ability of the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) to require strict stormwater retention requirements for runoff and seeks to clarify the EPA’s mandate to reduce pollutant discharges to the maximum extent practicable. The Buckley Air Force Base’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit requires the Air Force to reduce […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Proposed Electronic Reporting Rule

In the July 30 Federal Register, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed rule requiring electronic reporting for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. The proposed rule would be phased in during a 2-year period and seeks to improve NPDES data sharing, reduce reporting burdens, and streamline permit renewals. EPA is accepting […]

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North Carolina Approves Fast-Track Stormwater Permitting

On June 12, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation that will facilitate fast-track stormwater permits. Once the law is in place, permits can skip the standard technical review if they meet minimum design criteria set by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The minimum design criteria would ensure that stormwater management […]

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