Login

Forgot password?
Sign up today and your first download is free.
REGISTER

Water

Economics May Hamper EPA Efforts To Set New Water Discharge Standards

The recent financial troubles of two industries for which EPA has been planning to establish new water discharge regulations -- airports and drinking water treatment facilities -- may inhibit the agency's efforts because it must consider an industry's fiscal health when crafting the rules, sources say.

1220 words

7095

Wastewater Industry Cites EPA Report To Boost Infrastructure Funds

Wastewater treatment industry officials are citing an EPA report to Congress that recommends improving water infrastructure as the primary way to eliminate sewer overflows to garner support from lawmakers for funding these improvements in 2005, industry sources say.

620 words

7096

Court To Hear Wastewater 'Blending' Suit After EPA Stalls In Offering Plan

A federal appellate court has agreed to consider a stayed lawsuit challenging regional enforcement of wastewater "blending" after an EPA status report confirmed the agency will miss a deadline for issuing a policy to resolve the contentious issue, industry sources say.

538 words

7091

EPA FIGHTS HOUSING INDUSTRY BIDS TO EXPAND SDWA CONSERVATION PLAN

EPA is rebuffing real estate industry efforts to expand a recent Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) conservation plan, declining -- for now -- to change the policy following an industry data quality challenge that alleges the agency wrongly excluded certain housing units from SDWA exemptions.

In response to a separate attack on the policy, EPA is also claiming industry litigation challenging the SDWA water conservation policy is unfit for review.

743 words

68127

ACTIVISTS TARGET FARMS IN LAWSUIT EYEING WATER PERMITS FOR PESTICIDES

Environmentalists are threatening to sue New England blueberry farmers for aerial application of pesticides without Clean Water Act (CWA) permits, confirming industry fears that prior court decisions requiring the permits in other settings could prompt activists to target agricultural spraying.

681 words

68129

FLORIDA SUITS SEEK TO EXPAND EPA REVIEWS OF STATE WATER STANDARDS

Environmentalists in Florida have filed two suits against EPA that could broaden the circumstances under which the agency must review changes to state water quality standards, including how states implement their regulations, attorneys tracking the issue say.

The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to review all "new" or "revised" state water quality standards and approve or reject them. Until now, EPA has applied these requirements narrowly, reviewing only changes to state standards rather than state implementation of the standards.

836 words

68131

IG STUDIES WHETHER WET WEATHER PLAN OFFSETS LESS NPDES ENFORCEMENT

EPA's inspector general (IG) is poised to provide key senators an evaluation of whether increased EPA enforcement against wet weather discharge violations is offsetting a decline in formal agency enforcement of permit violations under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), as the Bush administration claims.

688 words

68132

EPA DEVELOPS METHOD TO BETTER DETECT PERCHLORATE CONTAMINATION

EPA is developing a new test for perchlorate contamination in an effort to address perceived deficiencies in the current method for detecting the pollutant in drinking water sources, agency and military officials say.

606 words

68134

COURT GIVES EPA BROAD POWER OVER TIMING OF EFFLUENT GUIDELINE PLANS

A federal district court has quashed environmentalists' legal efforts to force EPA to develop new effluent guidelines and create court-ordered deadlines for issuing future effluent guideline plans.

"Congress intended for the EPA to conduct regular reviews of its effluent guidelines, and the EPA is doing so," the court's Aug. 11 ruling says. Relevant documents are available on InsideEPA.com.

535 words

68135

COLORADO ENVIRONMENT CHIEF GIVES UNUSUAL SUPPORT TO KEY BUSH PLANS

Colorado environment chief Doug Benevento has won notoriety among fellow state officials for being the lone state environment commissioner to endorse now-stalled Defense Department (DOD) legislation seeking exemptions from environmental laws.

Benevento's maverick support for the bill -- a key Bush administration legislative proposal -- reflects his broader efforts to embrace other White House priorities, including its new source review reforms, which Colorado has moved to adopt, and flexible environmental compliance programs like environmental management systems (EMSs).

1677 words

68136

Pages