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Getting Their Ducks in a Row

 

 the EPA has decided to......  

Ducks in a Row - ELGsseek additional treatment performance data from construction and development sites before proposing a revised numeric turbidity limit.  That means the 280 NTU limit is on the shelf (at least for now)!

 

The EPA submitted a proposed rule to revise the turbidity limit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in December 2010. The EPA recently withdrew this proposal from OMB. In order to ensure that we adequately characterize the best performance achievable by the technology, EPA has decided to seek additional treatment performance data from construction and development sites before proposing a revised numeric turbidity limit. We plan to publish a Federal Register notice soliciting data in the near future.

Once review of a proposed rule revising the numeric turbidity limit is completed by OMB, the EPA will publish the proposed rule for public comment.

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Federal Government to Allow Florida Less Stringent Water Standards


 
Florida map w EPA DEP logosDespite complaints by environmental groups that it will lead to more pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Florida's request to change state standards for its waterways so they aren't as stringent.  The new standards allow for some waterways - man-made canals, for instance - to be classified as no longer appropriate for swimming or fishing, allowing only "incidental contact."

The reason, say state officials, is that cleaning them up would cost more than it's worth.  State Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller said changing the classifications for such waterways allows the DEP "to focus protection on our most valuable water resources."

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gaswcc logo and watershed mapGeorgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission is leading the effort to update our "Green Book" otherwise known as the Manual for Erosion and Sediment Control in Georgia.  It's possible that the new Manual will be published by next fall.  Let's keep our fingers crossed, but in the mean time, there are Best Management Practices (BMP) that have been tested and approved for use on our Erosion Sedimentation and Pollution Control Plans (ES&PC Plans).  CLICK HERE for compost filter sox and CLICK HERE for BSRF Fence (approved alternative to wire reinforced Type C Silt Fence.  You may be pleasantly surprised!  If you don't see a BMP that you would like to use, CLICK HERE for the procedure you can follow to implement a BMP not presently authorized by the GSWCC for your specific site.  If you have any questions at all, contact us at help@erosiontraining.com or call us at 678-469-5120.

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DATE: August 3, 2011 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4, proposes to issue a Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), Docket No. CWA-04-2011-5509(b) that assesses an administrative penalty of one- hundred seventy-seven thousand and five hundred dollars ($177,500.00) to the Georgia Department of Transportation (Respondent), under the authority of Section 309(g) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1319(g).

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EPA alleges the Respondent has made unauthorized discharges of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in violation of Section 301 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1311. The discharges resulted in impacts to 1,478 linear feet of jurisdictional stream channels in Cranes Creek, Raes Creek, Rock Creek, and associated tributaries in connection with the I-20/520 Interchange Reconstruction in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia [GDOT project numbers NH-IM-520-1(15), NH-IM-20-2(145), CSHNS- 0008-00(219)] near latitude 33.495833 north and longitude 82.085833 west.

Any person wishing to comment on the proposed CAFO (Docket No CWA-04-2011-5509(b)) must submit such comments in writing within 30 days of the date of this notice. Comments may be submitted via email on the EPA Region 4 Website by following the links at: http://www.epa.gov/region4/water/wpeb/npdes_states.htm1#email .

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This Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management.  There is a lot happening now with water regulations that affects a diverse community of public and private entities!  If you have areas of interest you or areas of concern you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120. 
 

 

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