Aug 10, 2015

EPA Restricts Permit Shield in New Industrial Stormwater General Permit

In its updated Clean Water Act Multi-Sector General Permit for stormwater discharges from industrial activities issued June 5, EPA has explicitly provided that non-stormwater discharges of any pollutants are not authorized and will either have to be eliminated or covered by a separate individual NPDES permit. Substantial litigation has occurred under the previous version of the industrial stormwater general permit, which did not contain the explicit ban, over whether a permittee is shielded from liability for pollutants not specifically listed in its coverage under the general permit. Under the Fourth Circuit’s landmark decision in Piney Run Preservation Association v. County… Read more