Perfect storm

The US Environmental Protection Agency this month said small oil and gas production sites get at least a 2-year reprieve from new stormwater runoff rules.Producers now have until Mar. 10, 2005, to comply with the expanded permit system. And in the interim, the agency says it will study whether the tougher requirements are "inappropriate" and needed at all. New Clean Water Act regulations require small construction sites and some municipal sewer systems to seek special permits. These new permits, among other things, require pollution-prevention plans for mitigating sediment runoff and other water pollutants. Assumptions madeIn late 1999, EPA published a final rule expanding its stormwater ...

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