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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed reissuing its stormwater Construction General Permit for a two-year time period. The permit would apply where EPA is the permitting authority, which is in five states, most territories, and most Indian country lands. The draft permit uses the same terms and conditions as EPA’s 2003 permit, which expires in July 2008.

EPA proposed the permit to coordinate it with a second effort that is underway to establish national clean water standards, known as an effluent limitation guideline, for the construction and development industry. After finalizing the guideline, EPA plans to incorporate its provisions into a new and improved Construction General Permit to be reissued no later than July 2010.
Information on the proposed permit is available online at www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.

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