NAHB, Municipal Challenges Put Massachusetts Stormwater Permit on Hold

Filed in Environmental, Land Development, Legal by on July 19, 2017 0 Comments

siltfenceThe Environmental Protection Agency has postponed the effective date of new, more stringent stormwater management requirements for Massachusetts cities and towns until July 2018.

The Massachusetts permit, as well as a nearly identical permit released by EPA in New Hampshire, also includes new requirements for land-use controls for post-construction discharges.

NAHB, along with several municipal groups, challenged both permits this year because of concern over new requirements, including the issue of federal overreach in the stormwater program.

While most states are authorized to run their own Clean Water Act Section 402 stormwater programs, Massachusetts and New Hampshire are part of a small pool of states where EPA is in charge of drafting and issuing permits.

Last week’s Massachusetts postponement will allow the related challenges in New Hampshire to be resolved on a similar timeline.

For more information, contact Tom Ward or Eva Birk.

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