ACWA memorandum on internal state authority to regulate waters of the state, based on a survey, dated March 2018.
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.
Discussion questions provided by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers during state WOTUS outreach sessions.
A chart of EPA’s budget including the FY 2019 omnibus bill
A USACE memo to the agency, directing District Engineers to restrict the timeline for state review for 401 certification to 60 days. States may request additional time, but the decision is entirely at the discretion of the District Engineer, and extensions may not be granted if requests are “based on workload or resource issues or… Read More »
This Excel chart compares the Trump Administration’s proposed rule “Redefinition of Waters of the United States”, the 2015 Obama Administration rule defining Waters of the United States, and the regulatory definitions which existed before that. The chart provides brief information on how each defined various features/bodies of water, and where in the proposed redefinition of… Read More »
This document compiles questions asked by EPA in the proposed rule redefining Waters of the United States. In the proposed rule, EPA poses the questions after each section which discusses various definitions, terms, concepts, etc. The purpose of this document is to provide an easy-to-reference list of those questions for ACWA members and their states… Read More »
The following memorandum provides a brief overview of key elements within the proposed rulemaking, Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States”. The summary is based on the pre-publication version of the proposed rule. This summary is meant to assist ACWA’s Membership in their review of the proposed rule as they prepare comments and provide… Read More »
EPA – in partnership with USDA – is encouraging increased engagement and a reinvigoration of state, tribal and federal efforts to reduce excess nutrients in waterways, with a focus on market-based and other collaborative pollutant reduction approaches. The Agencies are committed to working with federal agencies, states, tribes and stakeholders such as agricultural producers, wastewater and drinking water service providers, and conservation organizations, to develop solutions tailored to the needs of specific communities and watersheds.
Memo from the US Attorney General to provide direction to all civil litigating components and United States Attorneys’ Offices (“USAO”) concerning several important issues arising when a civil action against a state or local governmental entity is resolved by consent decree or settlement agreement.
EPA’s Regional Realignment Plan establishes 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.