On April 12, 2017, the EPA announced that it will reconsider and administratively stay future deadlines of the 2015 final rule that set new, technology-based effluent limitations guidelines (ELGs) and standards for steam electric power plants under the Clean Water Act. The final rule places significant burden on affected segments of the steam electric power generating industry. While certain requirements of the new ELGs were generally set to become effective as soon as November 1, 2018 through incorporation into NPDES permits, the compliance timetable and future of the final rule is now unclear. Continue Reading EPA Announces Stay of Deadlines and Reconsideration of ELGs for Steam Electric Power Plants

On September 30, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the pre-publication notice of a final rule that sets new technology-based effluent limitations guidelines and standards (ELGs) for the steam electric power generating industry.  Both the final rule and the proposed rule published in June 2013 were issued pursuant to a schedule approved by a federal court.[1]  EPA is preparing the final rule for publication in the Federal Register; it will become effective 60 days after its date of publication.  Implementation of its new requirements, however, will generally be through NPDES permits issued or renewed after November 2018. Continue Reading EPA Tightens Pollution Controls for Steam Electric Power Plants