Henry Chajet and Scott E. Stewart, partners in the firm’s Washington office, wrote a feature article published in the January 2010 issue of Coal Age, discussing the enhanced clean water act enforcement set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The article serves as a guide for how the EPA’s new Clean Water Act action plan would affect federal and state enforcement efforts. The restrictions were published in October 2009 after the Obama administration ranked water quality as a high priority. The agency identified three “high priority” areas: large land sites with poor water quality; strengthening permit restrictions and stepping up enforcement. The action plan will be implemented by new documenting systems.
Due to increased enforcement, companies should regularly review their federal permits in detail, Mr. Chajet and Mr. Scott wrote. They stressed that facilities nationwide should make every effort to comply with the new rules and be prepared for inspection.