EPA Nixes Incentives For Charging Water Permit Fees

Law360 (April 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has amended the Clean Water Act to redistribute over $5.1 million in funding incentives it promised to states that charge fees for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits.

The amendment, which went into effect Thursday, reverses a rule the EPA issued in September allowing states to collect incentives from the agency for implementing the permit fees, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

“EPA continues to support permit fees as a prudent source of income to help states fund water...
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