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  • EPA Enforcement Ensures That Solar Company Follows Stormwater Discharge Requirements At Warren, Mass. Facility
    Stormwater Discharge Requirements At Warren Mass Facility A settlement signed recently by a company that builds solar power facilities in Massachusetts will remind construction companies that the US Environmental Protection Agency continues to protect the environment from illegal discharges of stormwater Borrego Solar Systems Inc of San Diego Calif will pay a 90 000 penalty settling EPA claims that it failed to follow requirements for controlling stormwater discharges when constructing three solar power array sites in Warren Mass According to the complaint filed by EPA s New England office Borrego in 2013 and 2014 failed to comply with certain parts of its construction permit when it was directing the construction at the adjacent solar power array sites off Little Rest Road Work at each of the sites involved disturbing more than an acre of land EPA alleged that because of poor erosion controls during storms between Nov 2013 and Jan 2014 about 10 to 35 cubic yards of sediments were discharged into wetlands and into Taylor Brooks and Tufts Brooks as a result of the violations EPA alleged that Borrego violated requirements of its 2012 Construction General Permit by failing to install and maintain erosion controls and to carry out required best management practices for controlling storm water The requirements were conditions of the Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System NPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction The requirements of a construction permit are meant to minimize the amount of damage caused to the environment by stormwater discharges said Curt Spalding regional administrator of EPA s New England office Specifically EPA alleged that the company failed to construct adequate stormwater detention basins before construction construct stormwater detention basins in accordance with good engineering practices install and maintain silt fencing and other perimeter controls ensure that discharges to

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  • Houston Officials Say Sewage Overflows Are Unavoidable
    weekend left downtown Houston covered in an unpleasant mess of raw sewage and silt It s filthy said Demarcus Hill a student at the University of Houston per KHOU It s low key disgusting Just raw sewage It s the city s waste like in the streets The gist of what happened The city s overwhelmed wastewater system flushed more than two million gallons of raw sewage into Houston s bayous over the weekend Houston s public works department said the deluge that fell on Houston would ve swamped any city s sewage system City officials did not present an alternative for the future The city says there is no way to prevent raw sewage from spewing into the streets when we receive as much rain as we did in late October KTRK reported Alvin Wright spokesman for the City of Houston s Public Works Department says it s not something which can be fixed As he explains it the storm water inundates the sanitary sewer system upstream through manhole covers That storm water overburdens the sanitary sewer system and at points downstream it then can create so much pressure that the water and the raw sewage push out of manhole covers the report continued When you have that much water coming down on the city of Houston and flooding in those areas too you re going to find the infrastructure will be compromised he said per a previous KHOU report Gary Norman a spokesman for the public works department offered a similar explanation When you get 10 inches in less than a day you re going to overwhelm the carrying capacity of any system he said per the report Local activists say the problem is a recurring one noting that the same problem arose during a flood the month

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  • Stormwater Management News Documents on Water Online
    U S cities and establish national standards for professionals seeking to work on GI projects Green Infrastructure Best Management Practices Data Sought 2 3 2016 The Water Environment Research Foundation WERF has recently funded an expansion of the International Stormwater Best Management Practices BMP Database to continue developing the Green Infrastructure practice data set EPA DOJ State Of Utah Reach Agreement With Salt Lake County To Reduce Polluted Runoff And Protect Water Quality 2 2 2016 The U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA the U S Department of Justice and the State of Utah have reached an agreement with Salt Lake County to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations associated with the county s stormwater management program Record Jacking Pipe Installed In Denver 1 26 2016 The City and County of Denver is installing a new storm sewer system in the Curtis Park neighborhood that runs from the South Platte River down 33rd Street to Downing and on to Lafayette Xylem Expands Pump Rental Capabilities Across Europe And South Africa With Multi Million Euro Investment 1 19 2016 Xylem Inc a leading global water technology company announced that it is expanding its pump rental and service portfolio across Europe and South Africa through a multi million euro investment EPA Survey Shows 6 1B Needed For Recycled Water Infrastructure 1 19 2016 The U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA released a survey January 13 showing that 271B is needed to maintain and improve the nation s wastewater infrastructure including the pipes that carry wastewater to treatment plants the technology that treats the water and methods for managing stormwater runoff NDS Partners With Triton Stormwater Solutions To Add Stormwater Chambers To Its S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution 1 14 2016 NDS Inc the nation s leading provider of stormwater management solutions for both

    Original URL path: http://www.wateronline.com/hub/bucket/stormwater-management-news (2016-02-14)
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  • NJ May Cut Red Tape For Waste Facilities
    reporting requirements for localities In the document published last month the state Department of Environmental Protection DEP proposed to simplify the planning process for new waste facilities by eliminating duplication of information currently required by the state NJ Spotlight reported Under the proposal counties would no longer need to submit a full range of technical data in determining the location of a new wastewater plant DEP Commissioner Bob Martin said the proposal is consistent with Governor Chris Christie s goal of reducing unnecessary red tape while maintaining the high standards of environmental protection New Jersey residents expect according to NJ Advance Media The DEP says the current process is extremely complex and hinders economic growth according to the report The proposal tries to give counties and municipalities more control over where to build wastewater plants saying the changes would open up more sensitive lands to developers the report explained Lawrence Hajna DEP spokesperson explained the goals of the effort to The Bernardsville News Hajna said the current water quality management rules were put in place under the administration of Gov Jon Corzine and were too unwieldy according to the report Hajna said the current water quality plan puts too much responsibility on counties to complete the extremely technical procedures for the plans The proposed amendment would give greater authority to the DEP to complete water quality examinations What we had wasn t working Hajna said per the report We ve been stumbling along trying to get the water quality management plans adopted We have the staff and the expertise Hajna said The amendment will ensure that development is consistent with the state development and redevelopment plan By using the environmental indicators that we have we will be able to make sure that development goes where it should go and that

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  • Iowa Utility Wages Legal Battle Against Nitrate Runoff
    Endress Hauser Inc KROHNE Inc Kaeser Compressors Inc Emerson Process Management Rosemount Analytical Degremont Technologies Brentwood Industries View All Providers News Feature November 16 2015 Iowa Utility Wages Legal Battle Against Nitrate Runoff By Sara Jerome sarmje An Iowa water utility is pursuing a novel strategy in the battle against nitrates by taking drainage districts to court In the latest round of legal fire the sides disagree about whether the suit can go before a judge Des Moines Water Works is suing 16 rural counties and drainage districts for contaminating one of the state s major sources of drinking water Drainage districts were created in Iowa in the 19th century to create farmland out of wetlands and have been held immune from suits since that time as a benefit to public health and welfare Reuters reported Attorneys for the drainage districts say the utility cannot seek damages given the districts limited power to assess taxes against property owners The Des Moines Register reported Districts do not have the power to direct landowners use or management of their properties the attorneys wrote Much like the builder of a highway does not control what travels over that highway drainage districts do not control what goes through drainage tiles Attorneys for Des Moines Water Works say implied immunity is ripe for reconsideration Some highlights from its arguments The utility s attorneys from Dickinson Mackaman Tyler Hagen in Des Moines said denying the agency damages violates its equal protection and due process rights by depriving all those downstream of any effective redress for wrongs the report said One thing is clear to many farmers and utilities alike Nitrate levels are up in Des Moines An agribusiness group said in November that data from more than half of 45 water monitoring sites on the Raccoon

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  • Sweeping New Water Policies May Hit Florida
    failed to move earlier in the year due to unresolved policy differences according to WLRN That proposal approved in the state House and pushed by agriculture and business interests never made it out of the state senate The new bills cover such issues as advanced stormwater management erosion checks and fertilizing protocols The measures seek to establish water flow levels for the state s natural springs and define the Central Florida Water Initiative The bills also include further management action plans for Lake Okeechobee the Caloosahatchee Estuary and the St Lucie River and Estuary the inland portion of the Caloosahatchee River watershed the report said The proposals SB 552 PCB SAC 16 01 also would require the Office of Economic and Demographic Research to provide an annual assessment of the state s water resources and conservation lands something that was not included in the House s plan this spring it continued The question remains of whether environmental interests will get on board this time Bob Palmer the legislative committee chairman for the Gainesville based Florida Springs Council had an optimistic take on the new legislation He said the bills do more to protect the springs and aquifer than last session s House bill The Gainesville Sun reported California s water difficulties during its protracted drought are one reason Florida policymakers want new policies in place Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam drew upon near apocalyptic images of drought plagued California and Florida s growing population which could potentially create a one billion gallon per day shortfall by 2030 as reasons lawmakers need to close their remaining minor differences over water policy the Palm Beach Post reported In Putnam s words per the Herald Tribune The House the Senate have worked very hard throughout the last year to close a big gap between

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  • Are Microbead Bans Missing The Point
    need to crack down on this pollutant the tiny plastic beads in toothpastes facial cleaners and other personal care products The top lawmaker on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton a Republican boiled the issue down to this Simply put microbeads are causing mega problems A United Nations report explained These microplastics tend not to be filtered out during sewage treatment but are released directly into rivers lakes and the ocean Bipartisan legislation is under consideration in Congress to phase out microbeads and eight states have already regulated the materials According to Noelle Clemente spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee the bill s effectiveness lies in crafting language in concert with all stakeholders the wastewater utilities states industry and environmental groups Bloomberg BNA reported But in spite of the unusual level of bipartisan agreement on this issue some critics say the push to clamp down on microbeads is missing the point Allen Burton a professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor explained this perspective He is also editor in chief of the Journal of Environmental Toxicology Chemistry Banning microbeads is not getting at the true problem Burton said per Bloomberg BNA He pointed to other forms of pollution that wreak havoc on environmental waters Federal and state lawmakers haven t acted this quickly on any other number of significant stressors in the Great Lakes and other waters that are adversely affecting fish and other aquatic life such as nutrient runoff that leads to algae blooms and fish kills and metals contamination he said Bloomberg BNA reported Microbeads are one minor part of a larger issue Burton said arguing that the bigger crisis is microplastics according to Bloomberg BNA The report explained Microplastics are defined in scientific literature as fibers films fragments or granular particles

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  • Feds Settle Arch Coal Inc Water Violations With 2M Deal
    have reached a 2 million deal with a major coal mining company over pollution charges The EPA alleged that Arch Coal Inc subsidiaries illegally discharged pollutants at mines in Kentucky Pennsylvania Maryland Virginia and West Virginia in violation of the Clean Water Act The Hill reported The company has also pledged to upgrade its operations and technology to prevent future Clean Water Act violations according to the report Law 360 summarized the allegations against the company The complaint alleges more than 1 200 instances of permit violations resulting in more than 8 900 days of violations About 700 of these have been previously resolved by state enforcement actions in Kentucky and West Virginia the EPA said The violations were discovered by inspecting facilities and projects reviewing information provided by the companies and coordinating with affected state governments The pollutants include aluminum iron and manganese carried in coal slurry wastewater and other excess materials that entered U S waters from coal mining processing shipping and other facilities The deal amounts to a sweeping settlement of hundreds of alleged Clean Water Act violations The violations relate to illegal discharges of pollutants at mines in Kentucky Maryland Pennsylvania Virginia and West Virginia The latter three states were also co plaintiffs in the U S s suit that was filed along with the consent decree the report said EPA Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles from the agency s enforcement office explained the importance of the settlement Businesses have an obligation to ensure that their operations don t threaten the communities they serve especially those that are overburdened by or more vulnerable to pollution she said per a statement This settlement will prevent future environmental and public health risks by making sure these companies comply with federal and state clean water laws Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin

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