Gino DiCaro

Water degradation policy workshop

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Nov. 7, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The State Water Board announced that it will hold a workshop on November 17th to take public comments on proposed revisions to the state’s "Anti-Degradation Policy" that governs permits issued by all Regional Boards to industries and municipal governments.  The Policy was first adopted in 1968, and is intended to prevent further degradation of the state’s surface waters by point source dischargers.  It is the fundamental statewide policy that governs whether and what type of discharge permits are granted to industries and municipal agencies.

The State Board, along with the nine Regional Boards, have been under extreme pressure from various environmental groups for the past several years for allegedly not implementing the Anti-Degradation Policy when issuing new or revised NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) permits.  Moreover, these same environmental groups are seeking to convince the State Board that the Anti-Degradation Policy must also be applied to groundwater discharges, something that is currently not required under Federal or State Law.

CMTA will be working with several of its individual members, along with the Partnership for Sound Science in Environmental Policy (PSSEP) and the California Association of Sanitation Agencies (CASA), to limit any changes to the Anti-Degradation Policy beyond those that are required by law, and which adequately consider economic impacts on California’s industries and municipal agencies.


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