Iowa Considers Nutrient Credit Exchange to Address Water Quality Issues

April 03rd, 2017

Peak Johnson reports for Water Online (March 8, 2017): The State of Iowa is considering legislation to introduce a nutrient exchange which would allow treatment or manufacturing facilities that discharge pollution to pay farmers to reduce nutrient run-off from their land, giving the facilities more discharge flexible. Proponents argue the new laws could promote cooperation between urban and rural areas to reduce pollution, while opponents argue the bill would not reduce pollution while passing costs to the public. Read the Full Article.

Hogan Scales back Maryland Water Pollution Trading Proposal

February 15th, 2017

Pamela Wood reports from the Baltimore Sun that Gov. Hogan’s administration will scale back an ambitious proposal to jumpstart a pollution credit trading program as part of Maryland’s efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Read the Full Article.

Advocacy Group Mounts Legal Challenge to Nutrient Trading Permit in Pennsylvania

February 13th, 2017

Seth Gladstone reports for Common Dreams: Food & Water Watch has filed an appeal challenging the legality of a water pollutant trading permit issued to Michael Foods, an egg processing facility, by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. The appeal charges the permit issuance as a violation of the Clean Water Act. Read the Full Article.

EPA Approves WI Multi-Discharger Variance for Total Phosphorus

February 08th, 2017

Todd E. Palmer, David A. Crass, Leah Hurtgen Ziemba, and J. Alexander Hayes report from The National Law Review: The approved Multi-Discharge Variance (MDV) “establishes an additional and less-costly compliance option for eligible point sources seeking relief from burdensome phosphorus discharge limitations.” Read the Full Article.

New Plant on James River to Require 1st Pollution Trade of its Kind in VA

January 22nd, 2017

Whitney Pipkin reports for the Bay Journal, showing how the permitting process for a new company in the James River watershed demonstrates the struggle to allocate nutrient loads while allowing for new industrial development. The China-based paper and soil amendment company Vastly will test VA’s ability to add new industrial facilities while maintaining pollutant caps. Read the Full Article.