Thomas G. Echikson

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Flood of decisions washes away EPA permits on stormwater

USA - February 21 2014 It has been more than 40 years since Congress created the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System ("NPDES") as part of the 1972 Clean Water…

Do you need to permit your stormwater discharge?

USA - January 15 2014 It's has been more than 40 years since Congress created the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in the 1972 Clean Water Act. Yet…

Is EPA’s “next generation compliance” a paradigm shift in environmental enforcement?

USA - November 18 2013 Over the last several years, EPA has been touting its "Next Generation Compliance" initiative. Sounds great, but what does it mean, and will it…

What you need to know about EPA’s new stormwater permit

USA - October 28 2013 In late September, just before the government shutdown, EPA released its draft "Multi-Sector General Permit" (MSGP) for stormwater discharges from…

Doubling down on energy efficiency

USA - August 26 2013 Three years ago, I wrote about the Department of Energy's new found zeal for using its authority to develop and enforce energy efficiency standards…