EPA, Corps’ Waters rule withdrawal signals clear regulatory scheme

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.

NRMCA Compliance & Operations staff calls the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ full withdrawal of the Obama Administration’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule “another win for the concrete industry” and “a welcome step toward finalizing a balanced, consistent and clear regulatory scheme for determining federal jurisdiction” over natural resources. 

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EPA leaves sound regulations underpinning SPCC plans alone

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

After more than three years of soliciting expert advice and public comment on issuing a proposed rulemaking potentially expanding the petroleum product spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) terms typical of concrete plant environmental permits, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a final action establishing no new regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). 

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EPA sheds paper in revised NPDES reporting rule

Citing a goal to modernize reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue a final rule requiring Clean Water Act-regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written reports.

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EPA sheds paper in revised NPDES reporting rule

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

With an eye to modernizing municipality and industry reporting, the EPA is set to issue a final rule requiring Clean Water Act-regulated entities plus state and federal regulators to electronically relay National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) data instead of filing paper forms. The measure will also augment an agency goal of making facility-specific inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other NPDES permit data publicly available at www.epa.gov.

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EPA ‘Waters’ proposal clouds aggregate supplies, concrete plant management, construction permits

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA Government Affairs staff is closely tracking the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed expansion of the jurisdiction of waters covered under the Clean Water Act, noting how the rule “holds unnecessary and overreaching regulatory implications that would adversely affect ready mixed concrete operations, such as washout pits, sedimentation ponds, settling basins.”

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