On April 23, 2019, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an interpretative statement to clarify whether the permit program under the Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) applies to pollutants released from point source to groundwater. The statement was created in response to the 50,000 comments received under the federal register notice posted on February 20, 2018. After careful consideration of the public comments and CWA’s objective, EPA determined it would be best to exclude the release of pollutants that travel from a point source to groundwater from the permit program. EPA is seeking additional input until June 7, 2019, to further regulate the issue.
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