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ESS News: NPDES MSGP, Clean Water Rule & More

June 12, 2015


epaNPDES MSGP Released

On June 4, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (MSGP). The new permit requires facilities to complete and submit Notices of Intent (eNOIs) by September 2, 2015. The 2015 MSGP is largely similar to the 2008 MSGP, but includes more significant changes such as:

  • Electronic submission of compliance documents
  • Elimination of the annual Comprehensive Site Inspection
  • Deadlines for taking corrective actions
  • Saltwater benchmark values for metals
  • SWPPP documentation streamlining
  • Revised threatened and endangered species eligibility procedures
  • Public accessibility to SWPPP information

The EPA will be hosting a national webinar on July 1, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST that will provide an overview of the new permit.


wetlandFinal Clean Water Rule Released

The EPA and the U.S. Army released the final Clean Water Rule, a regulation aimed at protecting the nation's streams and wetlands from pollution. 

An extension of the protection under the Clean Water Act, the new Rule has set in place clearer definitions of protected waters and streamlined the permitting processes for businesses and industries. 

 Learn More about the Clean Water Rule


stacksNYDEC Releases Final Regulation on Toxic Air Contaminants Emissions

Effective June 14, 2015, a new regulation released by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC) will require manufacturing, industrial, commercial, and other facilities to implement pollution control technologies and prevention measures to limit toxic air emissions.

The revised rule, 6 NYCRR Part 212 Process Operations, will: 

  • Require new facilities, or those renewing permits, to evaluate possible further emission reductions of high toxicity air contaminants
  • Establish a Toxics Best Achievable Control Technology (T-BACT) program
  • Incorporate pollution prevention opportunities
  • Require air cleaning for contaminants that may cause serious adverse effects

 Learn More about the NYDEC Regulation 


batNorthern Long Eared Bat Now Listed as Federally Protected Species

The Northern Long Eared Bat, a species of bat greatly affected by White-Nose Syndrome, has been declared a Federally Protected Species by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS). Under an interim ruling, called the 4(d) rule, the USFWS is now restricting certain projects that may impact the Northern Long Eared Bat's habitat, including an area from Maine to North Carolina along the East Coast.
Public comments are being accepted on the interim rule until July 1, 2015.  

Learn More about the 4(d) Rule


remediation2EPA Announces Grants to Clean Up Contaminated Sites & Communities

The EPA has announced the selection of 243 new grant recipients, a $54.3 million investment being awarded to 147 communities across the country. The funds will help communities to assess, clean up, and redevelop contaminated properties, in addition to boosting local job creation and promoting environmental health. Recipients will each receive approximately $200,000 - $600,000 in funding towards EPA-approved projects. 

See the List of Recipients


Recent & Upcoming Events

NEWEA Spring Conference  |  June 7-10, 2015  |  More Info
ESS Moderator: Jim Riordan & ESS Attendee: Steve Roy

EBC: The Evolving Role of the EHS Manager
  |  June 9, 2015  |  More Info
ESS Attendee: Mike Feinblatt

Child & Family Services Golf Tournament
  |  June 9, 2015  |  More Info
ESS is a proud sponsor.

EBC: 25th Annual EBEE Awards  
|  June 18, 2015  |  More Info
ESS is a proud sponsor.


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