EPA Brings Pollution Permit Program Into 21st Century

Law360, New York (September 4, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT) -- Since the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements were first adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency back in 1972, the program has undergone significant changes. Categorical limitations, stormwater permitting, toxics control and biotoxicity testing are just a few of the many issues that have been implemented or significantly changed over the past 40 years.

However, one aspect of the NPDES program has remained remarkably unchanged over this period. For a significant portion of the regulated community, permit compliance is still demonstrated in the...
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