EPA continues work on new federal stormwater regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop new stormwater regulations that are expected to force project developers to write stormwater considerations into designs.

July 22, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop new stormwater regulations that are expected to force project developers to write stormwater considerations into designs. A homebuilder could opt to meet runoff requirements by using permeable pavement for driveways. But those driveways will have to be kept clear of silt and other debris if they're going to continue to let water through. "For every device, there's some sort of maintenance schedule and requirement, so somebody would have to be responsible for that," said Ty Asfaw, senior program manager at the National Association of Homebuilders. The rulemaking process, begun in 2010, appears to have been delayed for political reasons, but may move forward after a new EPA chief is installed.

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