How will the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the discharge permit program affect discharge permits and limits? The proposed rule, issued on May 18, 2016, would revise several key components of the agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Permit System (NPDES) program, including provisions that states with delegated authority to administer their own NPDES permitting programs must follow. In response to requests from interested stakeholders, the EPA extended the period for submitting public comments on the proposal. Comments are now due on Aug. 2, 2016.
The proposed rule addresses a wide range of topics, ranging from minor revisions to NPDES program definitions and the contents of permit fact sheets, to major revisions that will expand EPA’s ability to object to permits administratively continued by a state program. Any entity currently discharging pursuant to an NPDES permit, whether issued by the EPA or its state, should consider the far-reaching implications of the proposed rule and submit comments to the EPA for consideration.
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