The Administration's controversial "Waters of the United States" rule was submitted to the White House last week for interagency review by the Office of Management and Budget. The advancement brings the rule one step closer to finalization after a lengthy consideration and development process. It is unclear how long the rule will be in review though the original timetable expects it to be finalized in Spring 2015.
On January 7, NAFSMA joined an Amicus Brief with New York City, other state and local government agencies, and other non-governmental organizations in support of New York State’s NPDES stormwater general permit requirements. The final amended amicus brief was filed on January 7, 2015 in the New York State Court of Appeals in the matter of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., et al.
NAFSMA on December 16 hosted a webinar with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers titled “Seeking Permission to Alter a USACE Project via Section 408”. Tammy Conforti, PE, USACE Levee Safety Program Manager, presented the webinar and discussed the issue with NAFSMA members answering many important questions about the process.
EPA on November 26 released a new memo on NPDES Stormwater Permits and TMDLs – This memo replaces the November 2002 memo and 2010 memorandums on the issue. The following language at the bottom of page two and top of page three of the November 26 memo summarizes the revisions in the new memorandum:
NAFSMA member agencies are urged to submit comments as well and please feel to include any of the comments prepared by the association in your agency’s individual comments. Please note that comments are due by Friday, November 14, 2015.