AOI Weighs In On Far Reaching DEQ Rules
Associated Oregon Industries
In a far reaching proposal stemming from environmental groups lawsuits, the DEQ is revising its stormwater runoff permitting rules. These permits cover a wide variety of industrial operations that discharge stormwater from their sites to state waters, including manufacturers, transportation companies, scrap yards, landfills, metal plating businesses and timber products industries.
The proposed permitting revisions (1220-Z and 1200-COLS) include extensive and expensive new testing, more monitoring, very stringent standards, all leading to increased control requirements and costs. There are special concerns about the lack of a “permit shield” during a time when legal actions are increasingly seen by some groups as a way to further their agendas or to oppose manufacturing operations generally.Read the full article and discuss it »