Tuesday, January 29, 2013

EPA Approves Missouri Wastewater Rule Change

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 has approved Missouri's change to state water quality standards rules to provide greater flexibility in Missouri's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources submitted rule changes to EPA on Dec. 11, 2012, for review and approval. The Clean Water Act (CWA) requires EPA to review the state's rule changes to determine if they comply with the law.

The state's regulations previously allowed no more than three years for a permittee, such as municipal sewage treatment plants and industrial facilities, to come into compliance with its NPDES permit. Due to the limits of current technology for controlling some pollutants, full compliance is not always possible within a three-year period. Missouri's new regulation now allows for a longer compliance period, in accordance with federal regulations.

EPA's Jan. 25, 2013, decision letter provides a more detailed description of EPA's review and the basis for this action. The decision letter is available at www.epa.gov/region7/newsevents/legal.

You can find the complete EPA news release here→.

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