EPA’s Regional Realignment Plan. establish a standard organizational structure for its regional offices that is intended to: • Increase coordination between EPA National Programs and their regional counterparts as we work to meet our strategic goals and objectives; • Improve the consistent implementation of EPA regulations and policies; • Allow for better resource allocation to… Read More »
Memo from Acting Administrator Wheeler to regional administrators directing EPA to defer to state decision-making in most cases but also lays out situations when regulators should intervene to protect human health and the environment.
The August 31, 2018 Federal Register Notice indicates EPA is requesting input on “possible approaches to updating the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations related to the management of peak wet weather flows at Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) treatment plants serving separate sanitary sewer collection systems.” While states have historically expressed a diversity… Read More »
ACWA’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018
Joint letter from ACWA and the Association of State Wetlands Managers (ASWM) regarding the proposed Water Quality Certification Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3303), which would alter state authority to issue certifications under section 401 of the Clean Water Act.
ACWA Comment Letter Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science rule proposal.
Memo clarifying the waters the Corps will retain for permitting under section 404(g):
1. Waters that are jurisdictional under Sec. 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 provided that
a. Retained waters include tidal waters shoreward to their mean high water mark, or mean higher high water mark on the west coast, and
b. retained waters to not include those waters that qualify as “navigable” solely because they were “used in the past” to transport interstate or foreign commerce; and
2. wetlands adjacent to waters retained above, landward to an administrative boundary agreed upon by the state or tribe and the Corps.
3. For ease of implementation and to provide transparency the Corps will use the existing RHA section 10 lists of waters as a starting point, which could be amended by the Corps as appropriate consistent with applicable regulations and case law.
ACWA joined the Western Governors Association and others in communicating to Congressional Leadership our concerns with recent efforts to limit state section 401 authority under the Clean Water Act.