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On August 4, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) issued proposed amendments to its Water Quality Enforcement Policy (Enforcement Policy). The Enforcement Policy, which was last revised in 2009, details the factors that the State Water Board and the nine regional water quality control boards (collectively “Water Boards”) must consider when assessing administrative civil liability for violations of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The proposed amendments to the Enforcement Policy are intended to clarify and add to the principles informing the State Water Board’s discretion as well as the methods and multipliers for calculating penalties, in an attempt to make enforcement across Water Boards more uniform.
Significant revisions and additions to the Enforcement Policy include:
Written comments on the proposed amendments to the Enforcement Policy must be submitted by September 13, 2016, and the hearing on adoption of the proposed amendments is scheduled for October 18, 2016. Please contact Brittany Lewis-Roberts at email@example.com for more information.
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