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Week of June 13, 2011

1) U.S. EPA, NOAA Increase Protection of Public, Property in Coastal Communities through New Partnership

2) EPA Extends Comment Period for Draft Construction General Permit

3) Join EPA for its “Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program” Webcast

1) U.S. EPA, NOAA Increase Protection of Public, Property in Coastal Communities through New Partnership

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced a joint agreement that will protect the safety, health and property of people living in or visiting coastal communities around the nation. Under the agreement, the two agencies will partner with local governmental entities to improve the sustainability of waterfront communities and protect coastal ecosystems, including anticipating and reducing impacts of climate change.

As part of the agreement, EPA and NOAA will provide technical assistance and training to implement more sustainable construction and land use practices, develop Innovative, web-based tools to better provide the public and local government with essential scientific and technical information, collaborate on the development of the National Coastal Condition Assessment and Reports which depict the condition of the nation’s coastal waters based on data collected and analyzed by state agencies, and support place-based projects focused on equitable development and climate adaptation in coastal urban watersheds.

This agreement builds on a 2005-2010 EPA-NOAA partnership which provided training on resilience and smart growth to over 400 coastal community officials and developed the publication Smart Growth for Coastal and Waterfront Communities. For more information about the new agreement, please visit www.csc.noaa.gov/publications/2011-EPA-NOAA-MOA.pdf

2) EPA Extends Comment Period for Draft Construction General Permit

EPA is extending the public comment period for the draft Construction General Permit (CGP) from June 24, 2011, to July 11, 2011, to give stakeholders additional time to review the draft permit and provide comments. The draft permit, published on April 25, 2011, regulates the discharge of stormwater from construction sites that disturb one acre or more of land and from smaller sites that are part of a larger common plan of development in areas where EPA is the permitting authority, including four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and Idaho); Washington, D.C.; most territories; and most Indian country lands. The draft CGP includes a number of modifications to the current permit, many of which are necessary to implement the new Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for Construction and Development point sources, known as the “C&D rule.”

For additional information on the Construction General Permit and to view a copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the comment period extension, please visit http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.cfm.

3) Join EPA for its “Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program” Webcast

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering a webcast titled, “Introduction to the National Pretreatment Program,” on Thursday, June 30, 2011, from 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern time. The webcast is designed to provide a brief overview of the National Pretreatment Program for interested parties, including but not limited to states, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) and industry stakeholders, who are unfamiliar with the program’s requirements.

The National Pretreatment Program is a cooperative effort of federal, state, and local regulatory environmental agencies established to protect water quality. The program is designed to reduce the level of pollutants discharged by industry and other non-domestic wastewater sources into municipal sewer systems, and, thereby, reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment through wastewater. The objectives of the program are to protect POTWs from pollutants that may interfere with plant operation, to prevent pollutants that may pass through untreated from being introduced into POTWs, and to improve opportunities for POTWs to reuse wastewater and sludges that are generated.

Topics covered during the webcast will include: how the Clean Water Act pertains to the National Pretreatment Program, an overview of the general pretreatment regulations (40 CFR Part 403), and POTW pretreatment program implementation requirements.

For more information on the webcast, including information on speakers and instructions on how to register, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/npdes/training. For additional information on EPA’s National Pretreatment Program, visit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=3.


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