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Federal Register Notice: Proposal for Consolidated Permit Regulations for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in Accordance with Settlement

On June 7, 1982, EPA entered into a settlement agreement on Clean Water Act issues with numerous industry petitioners in the consolidated permit regulations litigation (Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) v. EPA and consolidated cases, No. 80-1607 (D.C. Cir. filed June 2, 1980)). This rulemaking proposes to revise certain provisions of the consolidated permit regulations affecting NPDES permits in accordance with that settlement. The proposed changes will have the effect of reducing the regulatory burdens imposed on permittees under the NPDES permitting program administered by EPA or approved States, while still achieving the environmental goals the program is intended to achieve.

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