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EPA will not regulate forest road discharges via Clean Water Act
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EPA will not regulate forest road discharges via Clean Water Act

 

On Monday, June 27th the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water submitted a notice in the federal register that it would not regulate storm water discharges from forest roads under the Clean Water Act.

This decision was in a response to remand that required the agency to consider whether the clean air act requires the agency to regulate storm water discharges from forest roads.

In the notice, the Agency pointed to a broad array of “state, federal, regional, tribal government, and private sector programs” that already exist to address the kinds of water quality problems the remand was asking the Agency to regulate.

The notice goes on to note that “the Agency has concluded that efforts to help strengthen existing programs would be more effective in further addressing forest road discharges than superimposing an additional federal regulatory layer over them.”

The notice also points to the importance of quality forest roads for private forest landowners as they work to “maintain economic viability and facilitate sustainable forestry.”

 

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