EBC Water Resources Program: The Ongoing Saga of the Massachusetts Small MS4 Stormwater General Permit – What’s Next?
The long odyssey of the Massachusetts Small MS4 stormwater general permit continues – the latest chapter involving multiple appeals filed in two courts seeking to modify the permit’s terms. Issued by U.S. EPA New England, the general permit authorizes stormwater discharges from small municipal separate storm sewer systems (“MS4”) located in Massachusetts. While the permit regulates stormwater discharges by municipalities, the permit has the potential to affect commercial, industrial and residential property owners who discharge stormwater in those municipalities. Therefore, the relevance of these pending appeals is not limited to municipal governments. Since its issuance in April, five appeals have been filed challenging the Small MS4 General Permit by a variety of trade associations, environmental groups and municipalities. This program will review the permit, and explore the issues raised by these appeals and what the appeals may mean for those who are directly and indirectly affected by the Small MS4 General Permit.
General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
- Hamilton Hackney, Esq., Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
- Thelma Murphy, Stormwater Coordinator, U.S. EPA New England
- Doug Fine, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Water Resources, MassDEP
- Brutus Cantoreggi, DPW Director, Town of Franklin
- Rich Niles, Water Resources Project Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler
- Phil Guerin, President, Massachusetts Coalition for Water Resources Stewardship
- Michael Leon, Esq., Partner, Chair, Environmental and Energy Law Practice Group, Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
- Tom Ward, Esq.,Vice President, Legal Advocacy, Office of Legal Affairs
- John Hall, Esq., Founder & President, Hall & Associates
Presentations are posted to the Presentations section of the EBC website. Presentations are not available for download.