EPA's Top Priorities For Water in 2014
The November 26, 2013 publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of its annual Regulatory Plan and semiannual Regulatory Agenda—wherein EPA describes the significant regulations that it expects to issue in proposed or final form during the coming year—provides a good opportunity to forecast what regulatory issues are going to be hot in 2014. According to EPA, the quality of the nation’s waters demand renewed regulatory focus because “despite considerable progress, America’s waters remain imperiled. Water quality protection programs face complex challenges, from nutrient loadings and stormwater runoff to invasive species and drinking water contaminants. These challenges demand both traditional and innovative strategies.”
Here is a brief summary of some of the new rules and proposals that we can expect from EPA in the coming year. Read the complete forecast on pages 24-25.