Before the Enviornmental Protection Agency: Reasonableness of Existing Effluent Limitation Guidelines and Best Conventional Pollutant Control Technology

by Thomas D. Hopkins on December 7, 1978
by Thomas D. Hopkins, Arthur Fraas, Vincent G. Munley, Roy A. Nierenberg and Barry Bosworth

On August 23, 1978, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed regulations and procedures to modify certain existing effluent limitation guidelines under the Clean Water Act, as amended (43 FR 37570). The Clean Water Act originally established two categories of effluent limitation guidelines: Best Practicable Control Technology currently available (BPT) effluent limitation guidelines to be achieved by 1977; and Best Available Technology Economically Achievable (BAT) effluent limitation guidelines to be achieved by 1983. (BAT guidelines are generally more stringent than BPT guidelines.) The 1977 amendments established yet another category: Best Control Technology (BCT) effluent limitation guidelines to be achieved, in certain cases, in lieu of BAT.

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