Most parts of the economy--manufacturing, mining, construction, municipalities--generate and discharge process wastewater and/or stormwater. Those discharges are extensively regulated under the Clean Water Act through a collaborative federal and state program of facility permits and regulatory...
Most parts of the economy--manufacturing, mining, construction, municipalities--generate and discharge process wastewater and/or stormwater. Those discharges are extensively regulated under the Clean Water Act through a collaborative federal and state program of facility permits and regulatory standards. This updated guide is a definitive practical resource to the provisions and complexities of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and how it continues to evolve. Written by 21 of the country's most knowledgeable experts on the CWA, The Clean Water Act Handbook is a compilation of their experience in understanding this complex statute and its implementing regulations and guidelines. Beginning with an overview of the law's provisions and pertinent regulation and enforcement issues, subsequent chapters address specific issues, such as:
- NPDES permits
- Control of publicly owned treatment works
- Requirements applicable to indirect discharges
- The regulation of wetlands and the impact of recent judicial decisions
- Oil and hazardous substance spills
- Enforcement options under Section 309
- Judicial review
Since publication of the last edition in 2003, a significant shift has taken place in the regulatory landscape of the CWA without Congress making a move. Recent court decisions, along with many other smaller changes, have dramatically affected practitioners working in the area. This updated edition provides detailed explanations of these changes and considers the impact of recent important developments, such as the Supreme Court's Rapanos decision and the Ninth Circuit's decision to exempt logging roads from regulation in NEDC v. Brown. To explain changes in the law resulting from SWANCC and Rapanos, a new chapter has been added to explain what the Supreme Court tried to do in these decisions and how lower courts and agencies have struggled to interpret these important but confusing cases.
In addition, this book provides a guide to Environmental Appeals Board Practice. Chapters begin with a section on applicability and scope. Within each fully annotated chapter, clear explanations of specific statutory and regulatory provisions and court decisions applicable to the issue are presented in the order needed for full and accurate analysis -- a virtual checklist of requirements and considerations. Making this new edition more useful than ever, the authors provide new URLs to for navigating through the endless sea of information on the Internet.