Comments sought by Federal EPA
Proposals affect stormwater discharge permits and toxic
Stormwater Permit Deadline
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: 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
This 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 September 12, 2005, will be made available to the public for review
Toxic Release Reporting
The federal government plans to simplify reporting requirements
for nearly 23,000 facilities nationwide that must submit annual reports
for the EPA´s Toxics Release Inventory.
If enacted, the new rules would no longer require facilities
to report certain locational information, such as latitude and longitude.
The proposal also includes several minor reporting changes related to
waste management activities.
The proposed changes would not impact human health or
environmental quality, according to the EPA and the public would continue
to have access to detailed information about chemical releases and waste
management in their community.
The agency has set a March 11 deadline for submitting