Category Archives: department of environmental protection

EPA Announces Delays in Post-Construction Stormwater Runoff Regulations

The long anticipated post-construction stormwater runnoff regulations have incurred yet another delay. The EPA announced that it is taking more time to consider and draft the regulations, which originally had a deadline of September 2011.  The new deadline was supposed to be April 2012, but but that date also came and went.  The EPA just announced that it will issue draft regulations by June 2013, and final regulations by December 2014.

Even the idea of the regulations is controversial, and some have opined that the delays may have something to do with the pending United States Presidential election. The new dates represent substantial delays from the original schedule. While many owners and construction companies welcome the delay, it does continue to provide uncertainty to the market, something for which the current administration has been criticized.

Atlanta Gets Breather on Upgrades to Sewer System

With counties like Jefferson County, Alabama in bankruptcy, cities, counties and even some States (see the recent newspaper articles on California’s incredible expanding budget deficit) have had to pull back on spending even on what seem to be the most important projects. In an attempt to keeps its finances in order and take some pressure off its budget, Atlanta has come to an agreement with the Federal Government that provides it with a 13-year extension on sewer system upgrades. The completion date for the Atlanta Sewer System Upgrades now appear to be 2027, instead of 2014. The upgrades came about due to federal regulator’s concerns about severe sewer overflows and runoffs into rivers and streams. In 1999, Atlanta and the federal agencies agreed to a plan for the upgrades. While the city already spent $1.5 billion, it will cost an additional nearly $500 million to complete the sewer upgrades.