July 18, 2011 04:48

Stormwater news

Association Asks EPA to Rescind Memorandum

The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) of Manassas, Virginia, is calling for the Environmental Protection Agency to retract its November 2010 Guidance Memorandum.

The association claims that the memorandum encourages state permitting authorities to measure industrial stormwater discharges through numeric effluent limits, rather than using the traditional best management practices approach.

In a letter to the EPA, the ARA also cited the potential negative impacts of the EPA’s stormwater measurement recommendations on both the environment and automotive recycling industry. ARA further asserted that the process of measuring stormwater discharges through best management practices and benchmarks is far more effective than the proposed system of numeric effluent limits.

Governor Vetoes Stormwater Legislation

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation that would have authorized the Ocean County Planning Board, and the 33 towns within the Barnegat Bay watershed, to charge a fee to developers to address stormwater and pollution management issues in the watershed.

The fees would have been used to pay for improvements to malfunctioning stormwater systems, and maintain stormwater control facilities. The money could have also been used to provide incentives for property owners to reduce their runoff.

In his veto message, Christie said the legislation duplicated the county’s existing stormwater management policies without addressing the bay’s underlying problems.

Homebuilders Settle with EPA

Settlements were reached by six Maryland homebuilders in the lawsuits filed by the EPA for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. These lawsuits represent a fraction of the EPA’s nationwide initiative against high-profile, high-volume construction industry companies, conducted from 2008 to 2010.

Commercial residential homebuilders were accused of failing to practice sediment controls required by law within 35 states and 2,200 construction sites, 79 of which were in Maryland. They were found in violation for common construction contaminants entering waterways during torrential downpours.

One company agreed to pay a civil penalty of $925,000.

Stormwater Pond Gets Go-Ahead

The planning commission in Sandy, Oregon, has approved a plan to build a stormwater detention pond underneath a parking lot in Meinig Park that would store up to 600,000 gallons of stormwater.

Planning officials said the reconstructed parking lot would be paved with permeable asphalt on top of two feet of gravel.

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