United States v. JM Fisheries LLC, No. 1:21-cv-00452 (D. Haw. Nov. 18, 2021). Settling CWA defendants that discharged oil from a commercial fishing vessel into Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa, in April 2018 must pay $720,000 in civil penalties and perform corrective measures on the vessels they own and operate.
United States v. Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District, No. 3:21-CV-179 (N.D.W. Va. Nov. 17, 2021). Settling CWA defendants that violated the CWA and the West Virginia Water Pollution Control Act in connection with the Sewer District's ownership and operation of sewer collection systems, wastewater treatment plants, and a municipal separate storm sewer system must perform injunctive relief and pay a civil penalty of $518,400.
would amend the FWPCA to clarify the definition of navigable waters.
The Department of Natural Resources proposed amendments to Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 391-3-6.03 pertaining to the triennial review process. A hearing will be held December 13, 2021. Comments are due December 17, 2021. See https://epd.georgia.gov/public-announcements-0/proposed-rules/chapter-391-3-6-rules-water-quality-control.
EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers announced that they are hosting and accepting nominations for ten regional roundtables to obtain public input on their intended revisions to the definition of "waters of the United States" under the CWA.
EPA issued a memo rescinding the guidance document entitled "Applying the Supreme Court's County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund Decision in the Clean Water Act Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit Program."
The Department of Health and Environment has prepared a combined Kansas Water Pollution Control and NPDES general permit for stormwater runoff from industrial activity. The proposed general permit would replace the current permit, which remains effective through October 31, 2021. Comments are due October 23, 2021. See https://sos.ks.gov/publications/Register/Volume-40/Issues/Issue%2038/09-23-21-49457.html.
United States v. Enbridge Energy, Ltd. Partnership, No. 1:16-cv-914 (W.D. Mich. Sept. 15, 2021). A proposed sixth modification to a consent decree under the CWA and OPA revises certain established maximum operating pressure values, adds new provisions directly restricting operating pressures on pipelines subject to the consent decree, and requires the defendants to use new pipe wall thickness information to identify any additional features that meet consent decree dig selection criteria.
EPA issued the 2021 NPDES pesticide general permit for certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States.
EPA announced the availability of and seeks comment on the Preliminary Effluent Limitations Guidelines Program Plan 15, which discusses the Agency's 2020 annual review of effluent limitations guidelines and pretreatment standards, the preliminary review of the specific categories identified through the 2020 review, and new and ongoing rulemaking actions.