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Amendments to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Regs Favor Industry

LA Times reported (reg req’d): EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief’s Letter to Rove – The White House says the executive’s appeal had no role in changing a measure to protect groundwater. Critics call it a political payoff.
Related government document:

  • Federal Register: June 12, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 112, Rules and Regulations,Page 33628-33640: “SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to codify in the Agency’s regulations changes to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, also known as the “Clean Water Act” or “CWA,” resulting from the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This action modifies the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System regulations to provide that certain storm water discharges from field activities or operations, including construction, associated with oil and gas exploration, production, processing, or treatment operations or transmission facilities are exempt (emphasis added) from National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements. This action also encourages voluntary application of best management practices for oil and gas field activities and operations to minimize the discharge of pollutants in storm water runoff and protect water quality.”
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