Federal Government to Allow Florida Less Stringent Water Standards
Despite 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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Georgia 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 678-469-5120.
PROPOSED CONSENT AGREEMENT AND FINAL ORDER to
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).
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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