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The EPA announced on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, that the agency will modify the 2008 stormwater construction general permit, extending the permit by one year to June 30, 2011. The permit applies only where the EPA is the permitting authority, i.e., Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Idaho, Washington, D.C., most territories and most Indian country lands.
The permit regulates the discharge of stormwater from construction sites that disturb one acre or more of land and from smaller sites that are part of a larger, common plan of development. The permit requires construction site operators to comply with stormwater discharge requirements that are intended to prevent sediment loss, soil erosion and other pollution issues at active construction sites.
In a press release, the EPA noted the extension of the 2008 construction general permit was needed to allow the agency sufficient time to incorporate new federal effluent requirements, announced last December, for the construction and development industry.