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Philadelphia receives $3 million for stormwater green solutions

PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing up to $3 million in research grants for projects that will study the benefits of green techniques in controlling stormwater pollution in Philadelphia. The funds will help advance the city’s landmark Green City, Clean Waters plan. EPA’s “Science to Achieve Results” (STAR) program will fund major research projects focusing on key aspects of green infrastructure in a 40,500-acre area of the city experiencing frequent sewer system overflows. 

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Turner Construction and subsidiary settle stormwater violations at construction sites

PHILADELPHIA — Turner Construction Co., an international builder based in New York City, and its subsidiary Tompkins Builders, Inc. of Washington, D.C., agreed to pay $270,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of federal stormwater regulations at construction sites throughout the mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced.  

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Settlement requires Boston Water and Sewer Commission to remedy sewer and stormwater discharges

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Under the terms of a consent decree lodged in federal court, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC) will implement extensive remedial measures to minimize the discharge of sewage and other pollutants into the water bodies in and around Boston, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The BWSC will also pay a civil penalty of $235,000 for violations of the Clean Water Act and will perform a supplemental environmental project worth at least $160,000.  

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New manual of practice for urban stormwater management published

TAMPA, FLA. — With the 2012 hurricane season in full swing, the minds of many are concerned about potential impacts of stormwater on the urban environment. To that end, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in June published the new "Manual of Practice (MOP) on Design of Urban Stormwater Controls," a 750-page engineering reference.  

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Toll Brothers to pay $741,000 Clean Water Act penalty and implement stormwater controls

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Toll Brothers Inc., one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, will pay a civil penalty of $741,000 to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations at its construction sites, including sites located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Toll Brothers will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future residential construction sites across the nation. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites.  

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EPA announces framework to help local governments manage stormwater runoff and wastewater

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new framework to help local governments meet their Clean Water Act obligations. The Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework assists EPA regional offices, states, and local governments to develop voluntary storm and wastewater management plans and implement effective integrated approaches that will protect public health by reducing overflows from wastewater systems and pollution from stormwater.  

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Waste Management announces stormwater public-private strategic alliances

HOUSTON — Waste Management, Inc. (WM) announced a program to provide a total stormwater management offering to U.S. municipalities in the form of public-private strategic alliances. WM, in collaboration with AbTech Holdings, Inc., an environmental technologies and engineering firm specializing in addressing water contamination issues, will team up with municipalities to design, build, operate, and service stormwater infrastructure.  

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Proposed ASTM standard will provide testing method for stormwater treatment products

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA. — While there are many commercially available stormwater treatment products currently on the market, there is no universal testing standard that allows the performance of these products to be compared accurately. A proposed new ASTM International standard will fill this need, providing a testing method for stormwater treatment products that use filtration as a primary treatment process.  

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EPA launches competition for college students to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching a new design competition called the Campus RainWorks Challenge to encourage student teams on college and university campuses across the country to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management. EPA expects the competition to help raise awareness of green design and planning approaches at colleges and universities, and train the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers in green infrastructure principles and design.  

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