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U.S. EPA Chooses Flexible Approach to Stormwater General Permit for Small Communities

by PretiFlaherty on

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a final rule revising the regulations governing how small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) obtain coverage under National Pollutant Discharge Elimination...more

EPA Releases Long-Awaited MS4 Permit for Massachusetts

As announced in the Federal Register this week, EPA finally released the General Permit for small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems in Massachusetts (say that three times fast!) This permit has been in the works for...more

EPA’s Charles River Two-Step

At least since the Standells’ Dirty Water in 1966, cleaning up the Charles River has been on the mind of Bostonians (and Cantabrigians and those farther upriver). Notwithstanding significant recent progress, there remains...more

Environmental Group News: MS4 General Permit (Small Municipal Stormwater Systems) Reissued

by Murtha Cullina on

The General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 general permit), which protects waters of the state from urban stormwater runoff through municipal separate stormwater...more

EPA'S Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals Rules May Impose Significant Burdens on Health Care Facilities - Comment Period Runs Until...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated its proposed regulation of “hazardous waste pharmaceuticals,” i.e., pharmaceutical residues discarded from health care facilities which also meet EPA’s long-standing...more

Montgomery County, Md., Must Meet MS4 Permit Obligations Despite Rulings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Maryland courts have issued two important decisions pertaining to the ability of Montgomery County, Md., to assess and collect stormwater management fees from a private landowner and the validity of the Municipal Separate...more

EPA's NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule: A Step Toward A Next Generation Compliance Strategy

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The final rule strives to take advantage of information technology, allowing resources to be used more efficiently and effectively, and giving the EPA, states and the public better access to key data. Implementation will...more

Negligent Operation Of A Storm Sewer: A New Theory Of Climate Change Liability

We have written many times about the flawed design of the nation's flood maps in an era of climate change. And spoken about the potential for claims against professionals for failure to consider the effects of climate change...more

Discharge of Drilling Waste in Ohio Triggers Civil and Criminal Enforcement Actions; Heightens Scrutiny of State Regulatory...

by BakerHostetler on

A release of approximately 40,000 gallons of oil and gas operations waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area storm drain flowing into the Mahoning River is igniting a call for tighter regulatory oversight and more transparent...more

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