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EBC Water Resources Committee Planning Meeting – Guest Speaker David Webster, US EPA

July 16, 2014 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Weston & Sampson
85 Devonshire Street
Boston MA 02109
No charge to attend this meeting

Join us for this EBC Water Resources Committee morning meeting with two parts. For the first part, David Webster, Permitting Branch Chief, US EPA Region, will provide a briefing on US EPA Wastewater Permitting Activities under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), including authorities, types of permits, types of limits, number of permittees (MA/NH/Region 1) and basis for permit limits. Some current topics he will discuss include NPDES Permitting including MS4 permitting, electronic reporting, more TMDL-based and WQ-based permitting, new cooling water intake regulations and integrated planning.

For Part two, a program planning meeting will be held with the EBC Water Resources Committee leadership team and all other EBC members and non-members interested in getting more involved in the EBC and participating in the development of water programs for the fall of 2014.


8:30 a.m. Networking and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Welcome: Mike Scipione, Chair, EBC Water Resources Committee; President, Weston & Sampson

Overview and Current Topics in EPA Region 1’s NPDES Program: David Webster, Permitting Branch Chief, US EPA Region 1

10:00 a.m EBC Water Resources Committee – Program Planning Meeting

11:00 a.m. Adjourn

Speaker Biography

David Webster, Permitting Branch Chief
US EPA Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA  02109
617-918-1791 // webster.david (at) epa.gov

David Webster is the Chief of the Water Permits Branch of the Office of Ecosystem Protection in the New England Region 1 Office of EPA. As the Chief of the Water Permits Branch he is responsible for issuing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to facilities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and overseeing the NPDES programs in the four New England states that have NPDES authorization.

Mr. Webster has been with EPA since 1984. From 2004 to 2011 Mr. Webster was the Chief of the Industrial Permits Branch at Region 1 EPA, responsible for issuing NPDES permits for industrial and stormwater discharges in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of Massachusetts State Program Office in the Office of Ecosystem Protection. As the Massachusetts State Director he was responsible for conducting and actively supporting activities that restore and preserve the aquatic and terrestrial environment, protect public health, and enable water quality standards and air quality standards to be met or exceeded in Massachusetts. From 1995 to 1999 Mr. Webster was Manager of the Assistance and Pollution Prevention Office responsible for implementing EPA-New England’s programs that provide assistance, encourage pollution prevention and seek innovative environmental solutions among New England businesses and municipalities. Prior to 1995, Mr. Webster was the Chief of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Branch. Mr. Webster has been with EPA since 1984, first as a Superfund Remedial Project Manager, then as a first line supervisor in the Superfund and RCRA programs, and then as a Branch Chief responsible for Superfund federal facilities cleanups, contracting, and RCRA corrective action.

Prior to coming to EPA, Mr. Webster was an environmental consultant. He has a Master’s degree from Harvard School of Public Health, an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. Prior to entering the environmental field, Mr. Webster worked as a high school teacher.