EPA proposes updates to NPDES regulations

EPA is proposing several key fixes, including clarifying NPDES definitions and application requirements.

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WASHINGTON, May 19, 2016 -- EPA is proposing several regulatory revisions and updates to the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. After consulting with EPA regional and state permitting experts and stakeholders from regulated and environmental communities, EPA is proposing several key fixes, including: clarifying NPDES definitions and application requirements; improving permit decision documentation in fact sheets; permitting authorities to issue public notice of certain permit actions online rather than in a newspaper; and ensuring issuance of environmentally significant permits in a timelier manner.

The public comment period will be open for 60 days. This proposal would not reopen the regulations for other specific or comprehensive revision. The proposed rule has a 60-day public comment period, which will end on July 18, 2016.


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