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Changes To Chapter 102 Regulations Approved

Chapter 102 regulations with the 150 foot buffer requirement for EV and HQ streams and the Chapter 95 regulations requiring treatment of Marcellus shale wastewater were approved by the IRRC at its meeting today by 4 to 1 votes! The dissenting vote in both cases was Mr. Lutkewitte, the appointee by the House Republican Leader.

Industry opponents of both packages continued to fight them right up to the last minute…. The joint letters, group comments, and thousands of individual comments clearly made a difference. Getting nearly 50 House and Senate members to write the IRRC and express support for the regulations was also a huge factor. We are not completely out of the woods yet since both the House and Senate Environmental Resources Committees chose to exercise their right to review the Chapter 102 regs for 14 days; and the Senate Committee chose to review the Chapter 95 regs as well. We will be watching to see what happens on those fronts. However, getting the regulations through the IRRC was a huge step…

Chapter 102: (Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management) regulation changes update existing erosion and sediment control regulations relating to agricultural planning, stormwater management, stream buffer provisions and a permit-by-rule option.

Chapter 95: (Wastewater Treatment Requirement) regulation changes establish effluent limits for sources of wastewaters containing high concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS).

To read about these regulations on the IRRC website and view comments from private individuals, organizations and legislators, and to check up on the legislators who represent your district click on the links below.

See which organizations and Legislators supported or opposed the regulatory changes – and why.

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