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EPA Proposes to Extend Permit Deadline for Stormwater Discharges
Release Date: 01/13/2005
Contact: Cathy Milbourn 202-564-7824 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(01/13/05) EPA proposes to extend until June 12, 2006, the regulatory deadline that would require stormwater permit coverage for oil and gas construction activities that disturb between one and five acres of land. The agency needs additional time to consider comments raised by stakeholders and to consider the economic, legal and procedural implications related to controlling stormwater discharges from these sites.
The public may provide comments on the proposed extension for 30 days upon publication in the Federal Register. A copy of the proposed extension and information about EPA’s stormwater program is available at: https://www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater .
During the next 15 months, EPA intends to: complete an economic impact analysis; evaluate several regulatory options for addressing these stormwater discharges; and evaluate practices and methods used to control stormwater discharges from these sites. EPA intends to hold at least one public meeting with stakeholders to exchange information on current industry practices and their effectiveness in protecting water quality.
Today’s proposed extension also outlines EPA’s intent to develop and propose a regulation that would address stormwater discharges from these oil and gas construction sites. This proposal, to be made by Sept. 12, 2005, will be made available to the public for review and comment.
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