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Compliance and Enforcement Community
FLORIDA's EVERGLADES Get's EPA Attention
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through an "Amended Decision" has directed the state of Florida to take specific measures to restore water quality to levels that protect the Everglades.
The determination includes a detailed set of milestones for completing these tasks as soon as possible. Judge Gold has scheduled a hearing for October 7 on the amended determination. Longer term actions include conducting environmental assessments, preparing engineering designs, and constructing new marsh treatment areas.
|CHEESE MANUFACTURER PAYS FOR
Cheese manufacturer Sorrento Lactalis Inc. will pay the United States a $315,000 penalty for excess discharges in violation of its wastewater permit levels, according to an agreement between the company, the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Sorrento, which treats wastewater in a facility separate from its cheese-making plant, repeatedly violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit over a period of three years from December 2005 to September 2008.
The violations include:
1) Failure to collect and analyze samples;
2) Exceeding its monthly and daily discharge limits for total suspended solids, E.coli, biological oxygen demand, phosphorus, and pH and;
3) Failure to notify EPA of its excess discharges in a timely manner.
LOGGING ROADS REQUIRED TO HAVE NPDES GENERAL PERMITS?!
In a decision with potentially sweeping implications, on August 17, 2010, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System ("NPDES") permit is required for stormwater runoff from logging roads.
This opinion appears to leave the Silvicultural Rule with little potency and, if broadly read, would require NPDES permits for every road in the country that is served by ditches or culverts that eventually discharge to natural surface waters and that is not already regulated by the Clean Water Act.
State of Georgia Acquires 469 Acres of Conservation Land in Dawson County
Using funds secured through a CRBI-GreenLaw appeal of environmental permits issued for a major retail development in Canton, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources purchased a 469-acre tract of land adjacent to Amicalola Creek in Dawson County.
The purchase preserves some two miles of Amicalola and its tributaries, protecting water quality and habitat for the federally protected Cherokee, Etowah and amber darters.
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