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Tell Federal Regulators How Their Water Rule Affects Your Business

AGC New Mexico is working closely with other local partners in the business community to monitor and engage policy makers on regulatory issues related to the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently revising its CWA implementation approach and intensifying its regulatory oversight. Specifically, EPA is using the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits it issues under the National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program to expand its storm water management requirements on both contractors and property owners. Here in New Mexico, EPA is also piloting a broader watershed approach that encompasses multiple communities and public agencies. The new watershed MS4 permit for the mid-Rio Grande region is expected out as early as this month. An important related element of these MS4 requirements includes proposed new Federal regulations that expand the definition of applicable “Waters of the United States (WOTUS).” The public comment period for these pending regulations is October 20.

Learn more about the Federal Government's proposed rules defining "Waters of the United States (WOTUS)."

With the extension of the open comment period to Oct. 20, AGC encourages members to use our template letter in the Regulatory Action Center to help craft their comments to EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the agencies’ proposal. Already, more than 200,000 comments have been submitted on the proposed rule – click here to see what others are saying. Other information from the EPA on the proposal is here.

 

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