Archive | December, 2011

Environmental and Industry Groups Oppose D.C.’s MS4 Permit

The The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) faces opposition from both environmental groups and industry over the District of Columbia’s landmark municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. The permit is considered a model for future MS4 permits across the region and the country. It requires infiltration-based stormwater management techniques, such as green roofs and bioretention […]

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Idaho Supreme Court Rules Stormwater Fee Unconstitutional

In early November, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled the city of Lewiston’s stormwater fee unconstitutional because it qualified as a hidden tax, as it was not previously authorized by the Idaho legislature. The fee — levied in 2008 — was based on impervious surface area. However in 2009, a local state college, port, school district, […]

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The Houston LID Experience

Robert Adair, Steering Committee Chair, Houston Land/Water Sustainability Forum Often thought of as an example of urban sprawl, Houston now is seen by many at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a model for moving rapidly toward sustainable development. Houston started its journey toward low-impact development (LID) from the same place that most communities […]

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EPA Study Lends Support to National Ban on Coal-tar Sealants

According to a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study, a ban on coal-tar sealants may be the most cost-effective means of controlling polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) pollution in runoff. EPA showed that concentrations of PAHs in runoff from coal-tar sealants are 100 to 1,000 times greater than other sealants tested, and most PAHs are […]

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