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Pesticide News Story: Webcast on NPDES Permit Development for Pesticide Discharge

For Release: September 18, 2009

EPA is hosting a Webcast to describe Agency efforts to develop a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for discharges from the application of pesticides in the few remaining areas nationwide where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority. This Webcast is scheduled for October 7, 2009, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Eastern time and is planned in preparation for the October 14-15 Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee meeting. EPA expects the 45 states that are authorized as NPDES permitting authorities to use EPA's general permit to guide them in developing and issuing their own permits. The Webcast will cover current legal status of NPDES requirements for discharges from the application of pesticides, the schedule for developing NPDES general permits for such discharges, and current agency thoughts on general permit conditions related to the scope of general permit, Notice of Intent (NOI) for obtaining permit coverage, technology-based effluent limits, water-quality-based effluent limits, and monitoring, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements.

The Webcast will be open to the public and is free of charge. A link to the Webcast will be available on EPA's NPDES training Web site. This site will be updated prior to October 7 to include a link to the Webcast.

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