Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017

Regulation shake-up

Wash. issues much-anticipated revised CAFO permit

Cows at a dairy farm in Whatcom County, Washington.


Northwest Public Radio/EarthFix

Washington is requiring dairies with 200 or more cows to apply for updated water quality permits. The new regulations are meant to curb water pollution from livestock manure. The updated rules could increase the number of dairies that need water quality permits. Previously only a handful of dairies were required to follow stricter standards to manage runoff pollution. Now, about 200 farms will have to meet new water quality guidelines.


Idaho DEQ moves to take over NPDES permitting


Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to add nine new employees next year as part of the state’s plan to take over permitting of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System from the U.S. EPA. “Our plan is to phase in our assumption of the administrative duties of that law,” DEQ Director John Tippets told the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee.


Trump imposes freeze on EPA grants, contracts


The Trump administration has imposed a freeze on grants and contracts by the U.S. EPA, a move that could affect a significant part of the agency’s budget allocations and even threaten to disrupt core operations ranging from toxic cleanups to water quality testing, according to records and interviews. The agency’s grants are used to support private, state and municipal level environmental projects.