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EPA sets straight stormwater rules.

Several regional EPA offices appear to have msinterpreted the recent Congressional amendments to the stormwater management program included in the Highway bill and have indicated their intent to require municipal sewage treatment plants and vehicle maintenance shops in cities under 100,000 population to apply for stormwater permits.

In response to an inquiry by NLC, Michael Cook, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency's Director of Wastewater Enforcement and Compliance, said that the U.S. EPA understands the stormwater amendment in the highway bill to require stormwater permits only for airports, powerplants and sanitary landfills in cities under 100,000. No other municipal facilities, such as sewage treatment plants or vehicle maintenance facilities, in these cities are required to apply for or obtain stormwater permits.
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Title Annotation:Environmental Protection Agency clarifies stormwater permit regulations
Author:Kocheisen, Carol
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 20, 1992
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