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Consistent with the reporting provisions of State Water Resources Control Board Order No. WQ 2008-0002-EXEC, Statewide General Waste Discharge Requirements for Sanitary Sewer Systems, the Monitoring and Reporting Programs for all publicly owned treatment works in the Los Angeles Region, have been revised. 

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Legal Scales

Citing unintended public health and environmental consequences, the Orange County Superior Court amended a portion of a July 2, 2008 judgment prohibiting the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board from enforcing regulations designed to protect the region's beaches from polluted storm water and urban runoff.  On August 28th, Judge Thierry Patrick Colaw granted the request to keep the regulations in place while the Regional Board evaluates their practicality and cost.  Click here to view the ruling. Additional information can be viewed by visiting:

Published: Sept 2, 2008)

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On August 1, 2008, the Orange County Superior Court issued an order limiting the effect of a Writ of Mandate, and allowing the processing of Notices of Intent (NOIs) and Notices of Terminations (NOTs). The Writ of Mandate had ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to "cease, desist and suspend all activities relating to the implementation, application, and/or enforcement of the Standards in the [Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board's] Basin Plan, as applied or to be applied to Stormwater." This injunction had prohibited the approval of NOIs and NOTs in the Los Angeles Region under the Statewide National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Construction, Small Linear Utility, and Industrial Storm Water General Permits. With the new court order, processing of these documents has resumed.

Published: Aug 1, 2008

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As a decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Riverkeeper v. EPA, precludes USEPA from applying the Phase II rule unless and until USEPA takes further action. On July 9, 2007, in the Federal Register, the USEPA took a final action to suspend federal Phase II 316(b) requirements.

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