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Selected Compliance and Industry News

Contractors Earn More Revenue by Offering Green Services and Designs
Monday, October 06, 2014-- These days, everyone seems to be thinking green. The green movement has extended itself to almost every business, including construction. By incorporating green practices into your contracting business, you can leverage green customers and thus earn more money. -- (full text)
[Living Green Magazine]

Wetlands permits: What homeowners should know
Thursday, October 02, 2014-- If your project will impact a wetland that adjoins or is close to a navigable body of water, you must get a Clean Water Act Section 404 (individual or nationwide) jurisdictional permit from the Army Corps. -- (full text)
[Akron Leader Publications]

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]

Green Building Code Changes in Baltimore City Could Impact Building Modifications
Monday, September 01, 2014-- City Council Bill No. 14-0413 proposes to repeal the City's existing green building code and replace it with a modified version of the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). -- (full text)
[Ground Rules]

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)
[EPA]

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]

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)
[Green-Buildings.com]

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]

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)
[EPA]

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]

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)
[USEPA]

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)
[EPA]

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)
[Patriot-News]

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)
[EPA]