Tag Archives: Stormwater Rule

Through the Rapids: The Rocky Ride of the Stormwater Rule

Seth Brown, WEF stormwater program and policy director, discusses possible reasons and implications for the national stormwater rule not moving forward.

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EPA Signals Change of Direction on Stormwater Rulemaking

In late March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff confirmed that the agency intends to refocus resources in light of delays in proposing the national stormwater rule. The president’s fiscal year 2015 budget request includes $5 million and an added 30 staff to support green infrastructure programs focused on sustainability goals. This significant development signals […]

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Time Runs Out on Negotiation Period Between EPA and Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) have not reached an agreement on the stormwater rulemaking schedule. CBF is now free to pursue legal actions to force EPA’s hand; however, indications are that negotiations between CBF and EPA are continuing. The original 2010 settlement required EPA to propose a stormwater […]

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EPA Delays Proposed Stormwater Rule Release, Now In Breach of Settlement Agreement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) announced on June 18 that they have not come to an agreement on a new schedule and terms for the stormwater rulemaking effort. They have however, developed a near-term agreement that EPA and CBF will meet by July 18 to negotiate a path […]

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Senate Republicans Ask EPA to Delay Stormwater Rulemaking

In a May 20 letter, Senate Republicans asked to delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) forthcoming draft stormwater rule. The rule will set first-time post-construction runoff controls from development sites. The eight Republican senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee charge that the planned rulemaking is “clearly inconsistent” with the Clean Water Act […]

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U.S. EPA Considers Options for New Stormwater Rule

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water, EPA staff are currently completing cost and benefit studies and considering alternative regulatory approaches for the proposed national stormwater rule. EPA has yet to present options to senior management for final decisions. However, the agency still intends to publish the proposed rule by June […]

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U.S. EPA Releases Stormwater Rulemaking Schedule

After several short extensions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released official dates for the National Stormwater Rulemaking: June 10, 2013 for release of the proposed rule and Dec. 10, 2014 for release of the final rule.  These dates are a result of negotiations between EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as a letter of agreement […]

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Stormwater Rulemaking Schedule Delayed

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again delayed the release of the stormwater rulemaking schedule, which was expected April 27.  EPA officials stated the schedule will now be released in early to mid-May along with a posting of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the Federal Register. The posting of the NPRM will officially […]

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U.S. EPA Delays Release of Stormwater Rulemaking Schedule Again

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced March 23 that additional time is needed to develop a schedule for the release of the proposed and final EPA stormwater rules. This short-term extension pushes the release of the rulemaking schedule back from March 16 to April 27 to allow EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to […]

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EPA Delays Release of Stormwater Rulemaking Schedule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Jan. 31 that additional time is needed to develop the stormwater rulemaking schedule, pushing the release back from Jan. 30 to March 16. This short-term extension gives the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (Annapolis) and EPA officials more time to negotiate the terms of the rulemaking schedule.  Considering this […]

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