Joint comments from state associations related to EPA’s rulemaking on PFAS industrial discharges under CWA.
A letter from U.S. EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) extending flexibilities to count both off-site and onsite compliance assurance activities in meeting state compliance monitoring commitments through September 2021. (EPA will evaluate the need to extend this date further at that time, if appropriate.) The letter also provides additional clarification on processes and documentation.
Thursday, May 20, 2021 1:00-2:00 PM TRAINING SESSION 1 Local Limit Analysis 2:00-3:00 PM TRAINING SESSION 2 Combined Waster Stream Formula 3:00-3:15 PM BREAK 3:15-4:15 PM TRAINING SESSION 3 SIU Permitting 4:15 PM ADJOURN FOR DAY Friday, May 21, 2021 1:00-2:00 PM TRAINING SESSION 4 Audits and Compliance Inspections 2:00-3:00 PM EPA UPDATES ELGs, eReporting,… Read More »
Monday, May 17, 2021 1:00 – 1:10 Welcome & Opening Remarks 1:10 – 2:00 Breaking Down Barriers: EPA, States, & POTWs as Co-Regulators For nearly 40 years, the pretreatment program has protected wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, and worker safety by keeping harmful chemicals from entering the sewer system. The program has been extremely successful,… Read More »
Comment Letter: EPA should engage in meaningful collaboration with states before finalizing the Maui Decision guidance and/or a future rule making. Meaningful collaboration includes early engagement, reviewing draft products, identifying intended and unintended consequences, assessing opportunities for state program improvement & enhancement, considering implementation obstacles and challenges, discussing administrative resource implications, and supporting states with… Read More »
A fact sheet from EPA and the Environmental Finance Centers on available technical assistance for integrated planning.
New York and eight other states filed a challenge against EPA’s COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program policy, arguing the policy exceeds the agency’s authority and skirts statutory mandates to enforce environmental laws.The lawsuit challenges EPA’s March 26 guidance stating that the agency would exercise enforcement discretion if companies are unable to report or monitor pollution releases because the pandemic has disrupted their operations. The policy applies retroactively to March 13 and includes no end date.
Released in pre-publication form by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers on January 23, 2020, the Navigable Waters Protection Act: Waters of the United States Definition provided the agencies’ final rule defining “waters of the United States” in the Clean Water Act.
The week of September 17, 2019, ACWA hosted the 2019 National NPDES Permit Writers Workshop in Washington, DC. In total, 125 people participated at this meeting with representatives from 41 states, 7 EPA regions, ACWA staff and EPA Headquarters. We also had 100+ people participate in this meeting remotely. Topics for this meeting included permit… Read More »
ACWA’s comment letter to EPA requesting that the Agency engage in meaningful collaboration with states on EPA’s Interpretive Statement on Application of CWA NPDES Programs to Releases of Pollutants from a Point Source to Groundwater.
The template describes the overall purpose of the real-time review, and standards the EPA considers during the review. It describes the State-EPA agreed processes for selecting permits to review; timelines for review; tracking mechanisms for review progress; and process of dispute resolution. A list of acronyms is also provided.
The workshop focused on the relationship between permitting for nutrients and TMDLs. Representatives from 27 states attended along with representatives from EPA Headquarters and 5 Regions. Topics included breaking down barriers between TMDL and permitting programs, CAFOs and MS4s, reassessing and reevaluating TMDLs, politics and public perceptions of TMDLs and permits, small systems, variances and… Read More »