Wednesday, March 21, 2012

National Resources Defense Council Lawsuits Could Bring A Boom in Sewer Plant Construction

According to the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, two lawsuits filed in federal courts in New York and Louisiana could spur a $280 billion boom in sewer plant construction and renovation, if courts rule that the USEPA must regulate sewer effluent nutrient content more stringently.  NRDC challenges EPA regulations permitting each state to set numeric limits for nitrogen and phosphorous in sewer effluent, and attacks USEPA’s refusal to act on its 2007 petition requesting the addition of nutrient removal to current secondary treatment requirements under the Clean Water Act.

NRDC is asking the courts to require USEPA to issue and enforce a requirement that every sewage treatment plant in the United States use the best available technology to limit phosphorous and nitrogen in sewage effluent, in order to reduce giant sized algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico and Chesapeake Bay.

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