Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Senator Seeks More Info on WOTUS Benefits Analysis

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), is requesting documentation from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about an August 11, 2017, New York Times story that reported that the Agency had deleted all economic benefits related to wetlands in an economic-analysis package of the Agency and Army Corps […]

Print

New OAR Nominee Comes with Strong Industry Ties

President Trump announced that he intends to nominate William Wehrum, a Washington D.C. environmental attorney with a lengthy list of industry clients, to be EPA’s next assistant administrator (AA) for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). Wehrum is currently a partner in the powerhouse law firm Hunton & Williams where he leads the Administrative […]

Print

Innovative Stormwater Management Stories from StormCon2017

On the final day of the StormCon 2017 Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo, a busload of stormwater professionals toured two innovative stormwater management systems recently installed in the City of Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park and the Port of Tacoma’s West Hylebos Pier Log Yard. Both facilities use cutting edge technologies within relatively small footprints […]

Print

Water Test Methods Modified

In a final rule, the EPA has modified scores of sampling and analysis procedures that must be used by states, municipalities, tribes, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs), and industrial dischargers that are required by the Clean Water Act (CWA) to monitor water quality, meet pollutant limits, and report to regulatory authorities.

Print

More from StormCon 2017: Diagnosing and Repairing Bad Stormwater Management Systems

At a packed classroom session at the StormCon 2017 Surface Water Quality Conference and Expo, Steve Thibaudeau of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Kurt Schaefer of Stantec talked about their experiences with the analysis and repair of nonperforming stormwater management systems. The presentation, called “Diagnosing and Repairing a Stormwater Management System: The Good, […]

Print

News from StormCon 2017: Aging Stormwater Infrastructure

In their keynote speeches during the Opening General Session of this year’s StormCon conference in Bellevue, Washington, Dominique Lueckenhoff, the Acting Director of EPA Region 3’s Water Protection Division, and Mami Hara, the General Manager and CEO of Seattle Public Utilities, underscored the need for innovative community- and industry-driven approaches to the problems presented by […]

Print

Popular EJ Online Tool Updated

The EPA has issued its annual update of EJSCREEN, which the Agency describes as “a tremendously popular tool, consistently ranking as one of EPA’s most used tools available through the Agency website.” EJSCREEN was created in 2012 as an environmental justice (EJ) screening and mapping tool that utilizes standard and nationally consistent data to highlight […]

Print