U.S. EPA Proposes New Construction General Permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a draft Construction General Permit (CGP), which regulates stormwater discharges from construction sites. This is a modified version of the 2008 CGP that contains more provisions for protecting water quality. The new CGP would require all construction sites to implement management practices that prevent pollution and erosion by stabilizing sediment. For larger construction sites, it would impose a recalculated numeric turbidity limit and require compliance monitoring. The Water Environment Federation will be submitting comments to EPA, which are due by June 24. See the Federal Register as well as the April 29 and April 15 issues of This Week in Washington for more information.

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