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EPA National Enforcement Priorities
Sunday, May 01, 2016-- Continuing for three fiscal years, EPA will retain four of its current National Enforcement Initiatives, add -- (full text)

EPA's eDisclosure
Wednesday, December 09, 2015-- On December 9, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the launch of eDisclosure in the Federal Register, Notice of eDisclosure Portal Launch: Modernizing Implementation of EPA's Self-Policing Incentive Policies(6 pp, 267K, About PDF). The EPA is modernizing implementation of self-disclosure policies by creating a centralized web-based "eDisclosure" portal to receive and automatically process self-disclosed civil violations of environmental law. -- (full text)

EPA Finalizes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting
Thursday, September 24, 2015-- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program instead of filing written paper reports. -- (full text)

EPA's E-Enterprise Portal -- Future of Submitting and Tracking Compliance Information
Monday, February 23, 2015-- The regulatory portal will provide smart tools to help regulated entities understand their environmental obligations and associated permitting and reporting requirements and streamline their preparation and submittal of information. -- (full text)

Climate Action Plan Toolkit: EPA Releases Stormwater Climate Change Tool
Friday, February 20, 2015-- (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA's Stormwater Management Model  a widely-used, downloadable online stormwater simulation model. The Climate Adjustment Tool allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructure while considering future climate change projections, such as more frequent high-intensity storms and changes in evaporation rates of seasonal precipitation, to determine the benefits of resiliency decisions to reduce local economic burden and protect communities. -- (full text)

EPA fines three Idaho construction companies in Clean Water Act settlement
Thursday, September 11, 2014-- The charges came after local complaints about stormwater practices at the construction sites. The EPA investigated and found failures to install and maintain erosion and sediment controls necessary to protect water quality. -- (full text)
[The Idaho Statesman]

EPA has published an updated calculator to help construction sites calculate their rainfall erosivity factor
Tuesday, August 19, 2014-- The updated calculator uses data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation, Version 2 (RUSLE2) database. Many NPDES permitting authorities waive stormwater permitting requirements for small construction sites with a low erosivity potential. -- (full text)

Texas construction firm paying $300k fine over environmental violations
Monday, August 11, 2014-- Stormwater runoff from construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality, affecting drinking water, reducing usability, and damaging valuable aquatic habitats. -- (full text)

EPA raps builder for storm-water pollution
Tuesday, July 08, 2014-- Utah's largest home builder has agreed to a $250,000 fine and to take several steps to address a "pattern of failures" to comply with Clean Water Act requirements to control pollution associated with storm-water runoff from construction sites. -- (full text)
[Salt Lake Tribune]

Real Estate Developer Sentenced to Jail for Filling Protected Mississippi Wetlands
Wednesday, April 30, 2014-- Miller pleaded guilty in December 2013 and admitted to having caused the excavation and filling of wetlands on a 1,710 acre parcel of undeveloped property. According to the felony information, in 2001 when Miller and his companies acquired the property, he was informed by a wetland expert that as much as 80 percent of the land was federally protected wetland connected by streams and bayous to the Gulf of Mexico and as such could not be developed without a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. -- (full text)
[eNews Park Forest]

10 Terrifying Stormwater Pollution Statistics
Thursday, April 17, 2014-- To help bring it forward even more and prioritize it in your next conversation with stakeholders of your LEED design, here are ten startling facts that will stick with you. -- (full text)

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation's Streams and Wetlands
Wednesday, March 26, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. -- (full text)

EPA Publishes Fact Sheet Covering Final C&D Effluent Guideline
Friday, March 07, 2014-- The fact sheet helps to clarify the final C&D rule that was published on March 6, 2014. -- (full text)

FINALIZED: Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Construction and Development Point Source Category
Friday, March 07, 2014-- EPA finalized changes to the effluent limitations guidelines and standards for the Construction and Development point source category. These changes are being promulgated pursuant to a settlement agreement to resolve litigation. This final rule withdraws the numeric discharge standards, which are currently stayed, and changes several of the non-numeric provisions of the existing rule. This final rule is effective on 5 May 2014. -- (full text)

EPA stormwater calculator receives climate assessment update
Monday, March 03, 2014-- On Thursday, Jan. 30, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released phase-II of the National Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package. The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios. -- (full text)
[Water World]

Annual EPA Enforcement Results Highlight Focus on Major Environmental Violations
Saturday, February 08, 2014-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its annual enforcement and compliance results demonstrating a focus on violations that have the most impact on public health. -- (full text)

EPA releases phase II of National Stormwater Calculator
Wednesday, January 29, 2014-- EPA's National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). -- (full text)

What does going green really mean when building a green home?
Wednesday, August 14, 2013-- This is the inside story of central Pennsylvania's first all-green home. -- (full text)

EPA Proposes Rule to Modernize Clean Water Act Reporting
Thursday, August 01, 2013-- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would modernize Clean Water Act (CWA) reporting processes for hundreds of thousands of municipalities, industries, and other facilities by converting to an electronic data reporting system. EPA has already scheduled several webinars in an effort to help states, trade organizations, and other interested parties better understand the details and requirements of the proposed rule. -- (full text)

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