Tag: Environmental Management and Engineering


Highway Expansion Impact on Stormwater and Air Quality Not Fully Considered, Lawsuit Claims

Due to the increasing complexities of environmental programs, getting a permit, completing a study, or meeting a regulatory standard is not always quick or easy. Even once all the boxes have been checked, the permit has been issued, and approval has been granted, the challenges might just be getting started. Federal and state environmental programs […]


Changes Coming to KPDES Application Fees

The KPDES application filing fee, established by law in KRS 224.70-120, previously required the applicant to submit 20% of the individual permit fee with the application. The fees are identified in 401 KAR 5:310 Section 1 as:  Major Industry – $7,000 Minor Industry – $4,500 Non-Process Industry – $2,200 Large Non-POTW – $3,700 Intermediate Non-POTW […]


WOTUS Rule to Be Rescinded or Revised

The Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015 and became effective on August 28, 2015.  According to the EPA, the rule was developed “to respond to an urgent need to improve and simplify the process for identifying waters that are and are not protected […]


Upcoming Change to NetDMR Reporting

NetDMR is a web-based application that allows KPDES permittees to enter and electronically submit Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) data to the USEPA. Although NetDMR is operated by the USEPA, it wasn’t originally developed for federal use. NetDMR was initially designed by states and, in 2009, adapted by EPA for national use. Starting in January 2014, […]


MEK to Be Removed from Kentucky List of Hazardous Air Pollutants

On November 14, 2016, the Division for Air Quality (DAQ) filed an amendment to administrative regulation 401 KAR 63:060. This regulation establishes the list of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) and source categories consistent with Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). One important change included in the amendment is the removal of Methyl Ethyl […]