Talk:Clean Water Act

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CWA section 305(b)[edit]

what about Section 305(b)?

I added a heading and a sentence for National Water Quality Inventory. More could be added here. Also added an external link to the EPA webpage for the "305(b) Report." Moreau1 05:21, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

History[edit]

The article currently says nothing about how this legislation was drafted and eventually passed. This is a major lapse, because it leaves it without context. Superm401 - Talk 19:39, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. That is why I came to the article to learn how it came to happen, what role the executive and legislative branches played, who supported it, who opposed it, etc. --Rico (talk) 03:48, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Waters Protected and Case Law Sections[edit]

I've consolidated text in these sections. The "Waters Protected" section is a brief summary of the statute and current judicial/administrative interpretations. "Case Law" provides some additional information on major cases, but a separate article is the appropriate place to describe a case in detail., e.g. Rapanos. Moreau1 (talk) 03:29, 12 January 2010 (UTC)

[edit]

The Clean water Act does not cover rust and sediment that is sent to people's homes that comes from city wells so the home owner has to filter that out themselves, however, the cities call it clean water in fact they can send mud to your house and it is considered clean water according to the clean water act. I would be happy to leave my name somewhere if someone disagrees with what I have said. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.20.65.153 (talk) 14:59, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Off-topic. See WP:TALK. "Talk pages are for improving the encyclopedia, not for expressing personal opinions on a subject or an editor." Moreau1 (talk) 04:50, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Nonpoint source pie charts[edit]

A graphic which indicates a condition or trend to support the text would be welcome in this article, but the NPS pie charts in the added graphic are not very informative. Most importantly there is no date provided to show whether the charts represent current conditions (i.e. 2012) or some earlier snapshot in time. Is it pre-1972, 1987, or some other period? The caption states "Nonpoint source pollutants have increased..." but no time frame is provided. Additionally, the sentence was copied directly from another document, with no paraphrasing, which violates Wikipedia policy. A citation of the source is needed. I replaced the first-person "our nation's waters" with "U.S. waters." (See WP:FIRSTPERSON.) By the way, the source document for the charts is not copyrighted, as stated in the Wiki Commons entry. It's a U.S. government publication, specifically from the US Forest Service, which is public domain. Moreau1 (talk) 04:50, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Oil and gas industry stormwater discharges[edit]

This article provides an overview of the Clean Water Act. Detailed explanations of pollutants, wastestreams, and technologies in specific industries should be covered in separate articles (e.g., industry-specific, pollutant or wastestream-specific, industrial stormwater, etc.). The following text, which was recently added, discusses an exemption that Congress granted for one set of wastestreams (i.e., stormwater) discharged by the oil and gas industry. The text was inserted in the introductory "Point sources" section, which is out of place. I added a footnote about the exemption in that section. The exemption could be briefly explained in the stormwater discussion further down, but a more detailed discussion would be better placed in another article. I removed the recently added oil & gas section--which is mostly quotations from the statute--but it is preserved below. Moreau1 (talk) 03:20, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

====Update on Regulation of Oil and Gas Construction Activities====
The 1987 Water Quality Act (WQA) added section 402(l)(2) to the CWA specifying that EPA and States shall not require NPDES permits for uncontaminated storm water discharges from oil and gas exploration, production, processing or treatment operations, or transmission facilities. Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 323, added a new provision to the CWA defining the term "oil and gas exploration, production, processing, or treatment operations or transmission facilities" to mean "all field activities or operations associated with exploration, production, processing, or treatment operations, or transmission facilities, including activities necessary to prepare a site for drilling and for the movement and placement of drilling equipment, whether or not such field activities or operations may be considered to be construction activity." See 33 U.S.C. § 1362(24).[1]
On June 12, 2006, EPA published a regulation that exempted from NPDES permit requirements stormwater discharges of sediment from construction activities associated with oil and gas exploration, production, processing, or treatment operations or transmission facilities unless the relevant facility had a discharge of stormwater resulting in a discharge of a reportable quantity of oil or hazardous substances. 40 CFR § 122.26(a)(2)(ii) (citing 122.26(c)(1)(iii)(C)).[1]
The 2006 rule was later vacated. The current regulations are those that were in place prior to the 2006 rule plus the additional Energy Policy Act clarification of the activities included in the CWA 402(l)(2) exemption.[1] The regulations say:
"122.26(a)(2) The Director may not require a permit for discharges of storm water runoff from mining operations or oil and gas exploration, production, processing or treatment operations or transmission facilities, composed entirely of flows which are from conveyances or systems of conveyances (including but not limited to pipes, conduits, ditches, and channels) used for collecting and conveying precipitation runoff and which are not contaminated by contact with or that has not come into contact with, any overburden, raw material, intermediate products, finished product, byproduct or waste products located on the site of such operations.[1]
122.26(e)(8) For any storm water discharge associated with small construction activity identified in paragraph (b)(15)(i) of this section, see 122.21(c)(1). Discharges from these sources, other than discharges associated with small construction activity at oil and gas exploration, production, processing, and treatment operations or transmission facilities, require permit authorization by March 10, 2003, unless designated for coverage before then. Discharges associated with small construction activity at such oil and gas sites require permit authorization by June 12, 2006."[1]

Page Graffiti[edit]

Sorry all, I am not an expert on Wikipedia editing, but I wanted to let more skilled editors of this page know that under the section "designated uses", someone has edited in ":) WASHINGTON WAS A GUMBALL EATER". Upon looking on the edit page, the graffiti was not there to remove, so I am at a loss of what needs to be done to remove it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.127.96.14 (talk) 22:29, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for your interest, but this problem has been solved. The graffiti was removed by an automated program called Cluebot NG. Moreau1 (talk) 02:23, 2 April 2014 (UTC)