Npdes permits have increased emphasis on control of toxic pollutants

John A. Veil Argonne National Laboratory Washington, D.C. The latest National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits issued to the oil and gas industry have become significantly more stringent and complex. Operators will have to exercise more diligence in monitoring discharges to ensure compliance. The 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act emphasized stricter control of toxics in wastewater discharges. Although state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency permit writers have had the authority to incorporate strict water quality-based controls in permits, they did not widely use this authority in the past. However, general permit...

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