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EPA Announces Stormwater Runoff from Forest Road Plan

Posted Date: 
June 4, 2012
Julie Ufner, Associate Legislative Director

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will revise current stormwater regulations to state that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are no longer required for stormwater discharges from forest roads.

At the same time, EPA is requesting information on voluntary best management practices for addressing stormwater runoff from logging and forest roads. The agency is accepting comments on the proposal until June 22.

The notice of intent published in the Federal Register states:  “propose revisions to its Phase I stormwater regulations to specify that stormwater discharges from logging roads are not stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity.” According to the notice, Section 402(p) of the Clean Water Act allows the EPA to assess what forest roads (if any) should be regulated.

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