Clean Water Act

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Clean Water Act

Legislation originally enacted in 1972, and amended several times since then, that establishes comprehensive national policies for water quality management. The laws are enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov).

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The EPA will also revisit issues related to air pollution and its controversial New Source Review reform, and water policies related to supply and quality, security and infrastructure, and its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.
The direct discharge of wastes from point sources into lakes, rivers, and streams is regulated by a permit program known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
Inappropriate discharges are non-stormwater discharges into a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) that are not covered by an existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.
Pollution load data for most point sources exist under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process.
An answer may be the passage of House Enrolled Act 1329 in the 2002 regular session of the General Assembly, amending an existing law to jumpstart the permitting process under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Through lack of action, IDEM has allowed more than 100 permits to expire in the state, some for 10 years, says Lewis.
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System was set up and authorized to establish and enforce effluent limitations on wastewater discharge.
These initiatives will force indirect dischargers to (1) review their processes to determine whether certain substances can be eliminated or replaced and/or (2) determine whether the installation of equipment to pretreat the effluent stream before it enters the sewer main is a viable economic alternative to disconnecting from the sewer and obtaining their own National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.
The misconduct alleged in the indictment includes, but is not limited to, failure to properly maintain the containment area surrounding the tanks at Freedom's Elk River facility, and to make necessary repairs to ensure the containment area would contain a chemical spill; failure to properly inspect a tank containing the chemical MCHM; failure to develop and implement a spill prevention, control and countermeasures plan; and failure to develop and implement a stormwater pollution prevention plan and groundwater protection plan, both requirements of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit.
Federal permits are limited to a general construction permit for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
EPA estimates that, once the rule is fully implemented, the 46 states and the Virgin Island Territory that are authorized to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program will collectively save approximately $29 million each year as a result of switching from paper to electronic reporting.
The requirement for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits was mandated Jan.

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