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Dec
19
2018
Revised Definition of “Waters of the United States” Announced

In 1972 Congress passed the Clean Water Act, which included dozens of regulations and permit requirements for anyone discharging pollution into the “waters of the United States.” Ever since, the ambiguity ...


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Dec
05
2018
EPA Funds Major California Wastewater Infrastructure Projects

The United States Environmental Protection Agency awarded over $187M to California’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. According to ...


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Nov
29
2018
Major Changes to NPDES Regulations by December

Major changes to NPDES regulations will be finalized by December 2018, and regulated organizations and municipalities need to take note. The announcement came in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Fall 2018 ...


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Nov
15
2018
Ensuring UST Compliance during Natural Disasters

Ensuring UST compliance is a challenge even during normal circumstances, thanks to the EPA’s byzantine and ever-changing UST regulations. But it’s even harder to ensure UST compliance during a natural ...


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Oct
30
2018
Not Just a Summer Liability: Winter Stormwater Risks

Stormwater is generally considered a spring and summer concern, but more and more research suggests that stormwater liability can be created by snowmelt, especially in cold-weather climates. This is a ...


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Oct
03
2018
Green Cleanup? Principles for a Green Remediation

A major goal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) and Executive Order 13834 Regarding Efficient Federal Operations is to make cleanup ...


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Sep
30
2018
Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Release Detection

New rules are in place regarding emergency power generator UST release detection, some of them becoming effective this October. We've got everything you need to know. In July 2015, the Federal ...


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Sep
15
2018
A Guide to Small Wastewater Treatment Systems

Small communities face significant challenges in implementing effective small wastewater treatment systems, including: Limited financial resources Geographic isolation Difficulty attracting and retaining skilled system operators Geographically dispersed population Extreme climate ...


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Aug
21
2018
Small Gas Stations can Suffer Major Fuel Leak Fines

In April of 2015, a succession of severe thunderstorms dropped historic amounts of rain on South Texas. Some of that rain made its way into three underground storage tanks holding ...


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Aug
15
2018
Bold Wastewater Treatment Legislation Proposed in the Senate

A new piece of wastewater treatment legislation designed to spur innovation and accelerate technology development has been proposed in the Senate. According to the office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin from ...


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