Wednesday, November 2, 2011

EPA Effluent Guidelines Program Priorities Published

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (Plan), published at 76 Fed. Reg. 66286 (October 26, 2011) and has requested public review and comments.

EPA plans to develop effluent guidelines and standards for the discharge of wastewater from the Coalbed Methane Extraction (CBM) industry. It will also develop pretreatment requirements for discharges of mercury from the Dental industry, and for the discharges of wastewater from the Shale Gas Extraction (SGE) industry.

In addition, the EPA will initiate a preliminary category review for the cellulosic products segment of the Plastics Molding and Forming industrial category. EPA has also concluded that estimated toxic-weighted pollutant discharges of lead from the Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard industrial category need further investigation.

Finally, EPA identified the need for additional data review as part of the 2011 annual review for three industrial categories: Mineral Mining and Processing; Landfills; and Waste Combustors.

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