What To Know About The EPA’s New Effluent Guidelines

Per the Clean Water Act, every two years the U.S. EPA is required to issue its plans for regulating the wastewater that’s discharged into American surface bodies. In June, the agency released its preliminary effluent guidelines program plan for 2016, which is currently open for public comment before a final version is published next year.industrialwaste

While the agency has concluded that no additional industries need to be burdened with new or revised effluent guidelines, based on its “toxicity ranking analysis” of the country’s discharge data, it is studying three industries which may lead to revised regulations and reviewing another seven to determine if there are new pollutants in wastewater that need additional oversight.

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