So far this month, I have been intrigued by the environmental news coming from the EPA and federal courts. For municipalities, these next two months will see important activities, with the EPA hosting meetings and receiving written statements to obtain input regarding the potential to allow blending as part of the agency’s wet weather programs.
Input on this potential diversion rule will be received by the EPA until Oct. 31. In the private industry, a few activities caught my attention for their impact across the broadest spectrum:
EPA charts more direct course toward compliance assistance
Since 2017, EPA’s enforcement actions have decreased by about 50 percent. This includes both enforcement cases and penalties, mainly associated with the and the . In addition, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance changed its national Enforcement Initiatives program to the .
District Court judge reinstates WOTUS definition
The (WOTUS) definition continues through our court system. Most recently, the U.S. District Court for South Carolina issued an injunction that reinstates the Clean Water Rule in 26 states.
EPCRA and e-Disclosure: Be pro-active with Tier II and TRI violations
helps facilities self-report to EPA potential (EPCRA) violations. The system has two categories of violations, which directly relate to the penalty system.