Stormwater Discharge Permits and Clean Water Act Compliance

Navigating New EPA Permitting Requirements and Case Law on State Agency Permitting

EPA stormwater permit requirements effective Feb. 16

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Course Materials

This CLE course will provide counsel with a review of the new EPA stormwater discharge permit requirements. The panel will outline best practices for complying with stormwater discharge permitting and explore current trends regarding state agency-issued stormwater discharge permits.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s new General Permit for construction site stormwater discharges went into effect Feb. 16, 2012, for new projects and those in process. Counsel for developers must understand the myriad new requirements when advising clients on permitting compliance.

Important changes include increased standards for buffer zones and tightened standards for construction activity. The new permit also revises methods for project sponsors to conduct pre-notice of intent (NOI) screenings and increases the frequency of inspections project operators must perform.

Counsel must also be aware of the new compliance challenges for state agency stormwater discharge permits in the wake of NRDC v. NYDEC. State agencies issuing stormwater discharge permits are updating their processes to comply with the Clean Water Act.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law attorneys outlines the new EPA stormwater discharge permit requirements and discusses considerations for counsel to ensure compliance with EPA and state agency standards.



  1. New standards of 2012 EPA Stormwater Discharge Permit
  2. NRDC v. NYDEC and its implications for state agency-issued permits
  3. Best practices for complying with permits


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • How should stormwater pollution prevention plans be updated to reflect the new standards of the EPA's General Permit?
  • How did the NRDC v. NYDEC court find New York's stormwater discharge permits violated the Clean Water Act—and what are the implications for other states' agencies?
  • What methods should be used to conduct pre-NOI screening to determine whether a construction activity will impact endangered species or historic sites?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


James E. Smith
James E. Smith

Porter Hedges

His practice focuses on environmental matters, in counseling, supporting transactions, and trying cases. He represents...  |  Read More

Andrew J. Perel
Andrew J. Perel

Michelman & Robinson

He is Department Chair of the firm’s Environmental Practice Group. He provides counsel to major financial...  |  Read More

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